An unnamed hacker claimed to publish the private information of nearly 50 million Turkish Citizens to the internet Tuesday morning.
According to The International Business Times, the online database includes everything from date of birth, full name and current addresses to personal identification numbers of 49,611,709 Turkish Citizens.
In February, the United States government dealt with similar issues as a hacker uploaded the personal information of more than 20,000 FBI agents to an online database.
The issue of cyber-hacking has become so common that CNBC News created a segment dedicated to continuous coverage of cyber hacks and threats.
When asked if he felt his private information was safe on the internet, junior Petroleum-engineer student at Louisiana State University, Nasim Dimassi, responded that he really was not sure.
“I guess I keep most of my social media sites set to private, but I never really thought about that in terms of security. I just didn’t think strangers needed to know what I was doing,” Dimassi said.
Small business owner, Santia Macwilliams, had a different response to how safe she felt while using the internet, especially after news broke that there was a successful hack directed at the United States.
“Well, my initial response was, you know, holy crap, how are they going to use that information against us? And who are they going to sell the information to? Not to mention, what does that mean for my safety and security,” Macwilliams said.
Immediately after the incident of the hacks , Macwilliams said she updated all of her passwords across social media. She said that she also felt safer using her Apple phone to access her financial information due to Apple’s claim to being a hack-free system.
“I had less concern about viruses that could be triggered,” Macwilliams said.
In March, Apple proved their stance on security when they refused to allow the FBI to access an iPhone linked to the San Bernardino shooting. The FBI, however, responded by hacking the phone anyways, proving that Apple’s claim of being hack-free might not be justified.
Even though the Turkish cyber attack included the personal information of many national citizens, The Telegraph reported that the hacker included information that targeted the Turkish president and prime minister, making the hack appear to be politically motivated.