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The data of 110 thousand customers was stolen from the Lithuanian car rental service

It became known that on the night of February 15-16 in Lithuania, the data of about 110 thousand customers of the local car rental service CityBee was stolen.

The information was published on one of the forums of cyber hackers.

"On the night of February 15-16, cybercriminals posted a message on a foreign-registered forum that they had not only the names and personal codes of some CityBee customers, as previously announced, but also phone numbers, email addresses, residential addresses, driver's license numbers and encrypted passwords," said CityBee.

Experts reported that, according to available information, passwords are provided in the SHA1 format without additional security criteria (salt), so they can be guessed automatically and used for unauthorized access.

The company noted that the data is already three years old — and their theft will not affect the security of CityBee customers, since the organization does not store information about payment methods. However, CityBee representatives still asked customers who registered in the system before February 22, 2018, to change their passwords if they used the same or similar password.

According to the Minister of Justice Agnė Širinskienė, such personal data can be used very widely. Especially in the case of international crimes.

"For example, illegal immigration from third countries often occurs with the use of fake documents. Let's just think about how a citizen of a third country X can easily move around the EU with the personal data of a CityBee customer in a fake passport. Now imagine that a resident of country X, who has personal documents filled out with CityBee customer data, is involved in the arms trade, the organization of a terrorist network in Europe, and is suspected of money laundering... while the client of CityBee, the "owner" of the identity, is flying to the Maldives on vacation," Širinskienė gave an example.

CityBee has launched an investigation to find out how customer data was stolen.

The police are conducting a pre-trial investigation.

Lithuania to allot seven million euros to combat hackers

Lithuania has applied to host the European Cyber Security Competence Center, which is designed to develop technologies and develop protective measures. The Raimundas Karoblis, the Minister of National Defense of the Baltic Republic, openly links the request for its creation with the "Russian threat".The vulnerability of NATO's "eastern flank" continues to worry European countries, which believe that after the protests in Belarus, the issue of Russia's influence is more acute.

Lithuania will compete for hosting the institution with Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania and Spain.

Ministry of Defense of the Baltic Republic draws attention to the activity of China and Russia, which are often associated with the hacker threat.

The Minister of Defense claims that "Russian cyber attacks happen quite often," although at the same time he makes a reservation: it is very difficult to formally establish the "authorship" of hacker attacks.

According to him, this is accompanied by information campaigns. It is likely that the work of the European Cybersecurity Competence Center will also be aimed at countering those information messages that will be considered propaganda in Vilnius. By the way, Lithuania offers to place the institution itself in the Vilnius TV tower.

It is worth noting that in January, the Prime Minister of the Republic Saulius Skvernialis called Lithuania "a leader in the field of information security". According to him, this area is a priority for the Baltic Republic.

In addition, Lithuania ranked fourth in the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) with a score of 0.908 points. The rating was led by the United Kingdom, which scored 0.931 points. The second and third places are occupied by the United States (0.926) and France (0.918). The top five is completed by Estonia, whose security level was estimated at 0.905 points.

Lithuanian authorities often claim cyber attacks and "Russian interference” without providing any evidence of the "guilt" of the Russian side. Moscow denied all such accusations and stressed that they were "absolutely unfounded".

However, Lithuania is currently concerned about military activity near its borders, which, according to its estimates, has increased against the background of the Belarusian events.