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Parliament extends term of office of ad hoc inquiry committee on tax agency hack to 30 November

Parliament extends term of office of ad hoc inquiry committee on tax agency hack to 30 November

30 October 2019 | 15:53 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Parliament has extended the term of office of the ad hoc inquiry committee on the hack of the National Revenue Agency (NRA) to 30 November, Focus News Agency reports.
The draft decision was supported by 99 MPs, zero votes against and two abstentions, with which the proposal was adopted.
Four meetings have been held so far by the committee, which has heard representatives of the State Agency for National Security, the Commission for Personal Data Protection, the State Agency for Electronic Governance, the Appellate Special Prosecutor's Office and the Special Prosecutor's Office. The committee now intends to invite representatives of the Notary Chamber, the Supreme Bar Council and of other institutions to identify problems in the day-to-day activities, caused by the leakage of NRA data.
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Ad hoc inquiry committee on hack of tax agency extends its term of office

Ad hoc inquiry committee on hack of tax agency extends its term of office

3 October 2019 | 12:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The ad hoc inquiry committee at the National Assembly, which was set up to clarify all facts and circumstances surrounding the unauthorised access to personal data in the system of the National Revenue Agency (NRA) has adopted a decision to extend its term of office, Focus News Agency reports.
The proposal was made by the chair of the committee, Krasimir Tsipov. The draft decision proposes that the work of the committee be extended until 30 November 2019. The motion was unanimously adopted by 9 votes in favour and no votes against or abstentions. The final decision is to be taken by the plenary.
Four meetings have been held so far by the committee, which has heard representatives of the State Agency for National Security, the Commission for Personal Data Protection, the State Agency for Electronic Governance, the Appellate Special Prosecutor's Office and the Special Prosecutor's Office. The committee now intends to invite representatives of the Notary Chamber, the Supreme Bar Council and of other institutions to identify problems in the day-to-day activities, caused by the leakage of NRA data.
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Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov: It is not my job to advise the administration to reconsider the entire protection system for its computer networks

Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov: It is not my job to advise the administration to reconsider the entire protection system for its computer networks

17 September 2019 | 12:15 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. It is not my job to advise the public administration that it should reconsider the entire protection system for its computer networks and databases, Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov said during a forum on Cybersecurity and Trade Secret and Trademark Abuse, Focus News Agency reported.
"The topic we generally define as cybersecurity is more than relevant. One of the reasons for its raging topicality is the recent events related to the detection and investigation of computer and other serious crimes, the pre-trial proceedings conducted by the Special Prosecutor's Office and the strong public and media reaction to all of this. What this investigation has shown beyond the specifics related to the accused persons [...] It showed once again that computer information is a commodity traded on the black market in volumes, content and prices that we ourselves did not anticipate. This information could be used to destabilise the political system, to create panic in the population and thus to achieve political goals, which, obviously, [the offenders could not achieve] in a normal way,” Tsatsarov said, adding that the normal way would be through elections.
He further said he was urging for joint work towards a swift, but at the same time very well thought-out, change to the regulations to guarantee legal protection against such criminal offences. “It is not my job to advise the public administration that it should reconsider the entire protection system for its computer networks and its databases. In truth, this fully applies to the judiciary, as well,” the chief prosecutor noted.
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Special Prosecutor's Office issues European Investigation Order on TAD Group case

Special Prosecutor's Office issues European Investigation Order on TAD Group case

1 August 2019 | 15:09 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Special Prosecutor's Office has issued a European Investigation Order to be executed in France, said the Prosecutor's Office. In the course of the investigation, the editor-in-chief of Bivol website, Atanas Chobanov, will be interrogated regarding facts in the pre-trial proceedings against TAD Group employees relevant to the subject matter of the case. The European Investigation Order will be sent to the French authorities, as the permanent address of the editor-in-chief is in France.
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Special Prosecutor's Office asks court to remand Ivan Todorov in custody, yesterday he was detained on cyberterrorism charges

Special Prosecutor's Office asks court to remand Ivan Todorov in custody, yesterday he was detained on cyberterrorism charges

31 July 2019 | 13:15 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Special Prosecutor's Office (SPO) has asked the Special Criminal Court to impose remand in custody on Ivan Todorov, the owner of cyber security company TAD Group, on charges of incitement to cyberterrorism, said the Appellate Special Prosecutor's Office. At 1:00pm, before the start of the court hearing on the measure, Prosecutor Evgenya Stankova, Head of the Anti-Terrorism Unit at SPO and the prosecutor in charge, Kalin Bliznakov, will make a statement in the building at 90, Cherkovna St.
The prosecutors will make statements after the end of the court hearing, as well.
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Ad hoc committee on hack of tax agency to hold its first meeting

Ad hoc committee on hack of tax agency to hold its first meeting

31 July 2019 | 09:20 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The ad hoc committee on the hack attack on the National Revenue Agency (NRA) will hold its first meeting today at 3:00 pm in Hall 3 of the National Assembly. The committee members will adopt internal rules of procedure. They will also hear representatives of the tax agency, the Ministry of the Interior and State Agency for National Security.
The committee was set up on 25 July 2019 by the National Assembly. The draft decision was tabled by GERB Group’s Chair Dr. Daniela Daritkova and a group of MPs. 171 MPs unanimously voted in favour. According to the decision, the committee will have a three-month term of office and will conduct an inquiry into all facts and circumstances surrounding the leak of personal information from the NRA's electronic databases.
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