Russian secret police data leaked by food delivery app
Data belonging to some members of Russia’s secret police has been leaked after Russian food delivery service Yandex Eats faced a breach.
The leak revealed user names, emails, delivery addresses, phone numbers, and food orders, according to a report from Bellingcat.
Yandex Eats, a subsidiary of a Russian internet company, Yandex, blamed a “dishonest” employee for the breach, The Verge reported.
About 58,000 users’ information was exposed, including an individual linked to the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, The Verge said.
Bellingcat identified the name of the person linked with Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) to carry out Navalny’s poisoning after scouring a database of phone numbers collated from a previous investigation, The Verge detailed.
This person also used his work email address to register with Yandex Food, allowing researchers to confirm his identity.
Investigators also combed through the leaked data for phone numbers of individuals linked to Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU).
In their search, they identified the name “Yevgeny” and were able to tie this person to Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.