Police investigating C Planet data leak

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The police is investigating the massive data leak which contained the personal details of over 300,000 voters. The leak originated from a system which was operated by C Planet IT Solutions Ltd.

A police spokesperson told Newsbook.com.mt that a report was filed between 31 March and 1 April.

The case is being investigated by the Cyber Crime Unit.

It is not clear whether the police has questioned anyone over the case.

C Planet IT Solutions is owned by Philip Farrugia brother-in-law to Parliamentary Secretary Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi and a former director at One productions.

The Data Protection Commissioner has also launched an investigation into the leak.

A lawyer who spoke to The Shift explained that the argument the data leaked was ‘old’ was irrelevant.

Partit Laburista has distanced itself from the company and said that the system used by the IT company was not the same as the one used by the party. The party said that it had its own system which was controlled internally.

Client data from law firm linked to Zrinzo Azzopardi also leaked

Voter data was not the only data leaked online from a system operated by C-Planet IT Solutions. The database of another customer, the law firm SZA, where Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi was partner prior to being appointed a junior minister, can also be found online.

Since Zrinzo Azzopardi’s appointment, the law firm has rebranded to 360 Legal Malta.

One of the results yielded when searching online for the company, was a link which led you to the internal system of the law firm, including access to their pending bills and their client list, as well as access to their employee and administrator usernames and unencrypted passwords. These credentials allow any member of the public who discovered this system, through Google or another search engine, to log in and view the firm’s live operational database, including bills for legal work sent to clients, as well as other personal data on thousands of clients and litigants, going back as far as 2014.

The pending bills list and full clients list were seen by Newsbook.com.mt. The list of bills sent by SZA to their clients goes back to the 3 February 2014 all the way up to the 1 April 2020.

Repubblika and the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation launch class action

Civil society organisations Repubblika and The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation launched a joint legal class action lawsuit against C-Planet IT Solutions Limited following a massive data breach.