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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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Owner of TAD Group Ivan Todorov remains in custody on charges of organising crime group

Owner of TAD Group Ivan Todorov remains in custody on charges of organising crime group

13 September 2019 | 14:20 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The owner of TAD Group, Ivan Todorov, will remain in custody on charges of organising a crime group, said the Appellate Special Prosecutor's Office.
On 9 September 2019, the Special Prosecutor's Office brought new charges against Ivan Todorov, Kristian Boykov and Georgi Yankov, who had already been charged with cyberterrorism. They are now accused of participating in an organised crime group involved in coercing companies to become clients of TAD Group (a crime under Article 213a of the Criminal Code). The owner of TAD Group, Ivan Todorov, has been charged as the leader of the group.
Today, 13 September 2019, a three-member panel of the Special Criminal Court of Appeal upheld the first instance court's ruling, rejecting Todorov's request for changing his custody on remand into a more lenient measure. The appellate judges found that sufficient information was available to make a reasonable assumption that he had committed the crimes he was charged with, including as the leader of a crime group, and that he could commit a new crime and impede the investigation.
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