Kyrgyzstan: Government Plans Suit Over Election Investigation
A state agency in Kyrgyzstan says it plans to sue a news website that shed light on how the campaign of a presidential candidate backed by the ruling party gained direct access to government computer servers, potentially harvesting citizens’ private data in the process.
An in-depth investigation by Kloop.kg had revealed that a voter data management system run on a website called Samara.kg and operated by the campaign team of Sooronbai Jeenbekov, who was this week definitively confirmed winner of the October 15 election, was for several weeks hosted on a government server. The same server is used to run Kyrgyzstan’s e-government network and contains detailed and private information on around two million people. The system is, among other things, used to store the biometric data incorporated in passports.
The State Registration Service, which manages the server in question, has denied the findings of Kloop.kg’s investigation, which were corroborated by Qurium, a Swedish nonprofit specializing in IT security.
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