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Hong Kong IT sector legislator Charles Mok apologises

15,000 people who signed Charles Mok's petition gets hacked. Personal details harvested in hack of Barcelona-based company that ran lawmaker’s petition against changes to voting times.

The man representing Hong Kong’s IT sector in the city’s legislature apologised on Saturday after falling victim to a cyberattack that harvested the personal details of 15,000 people who signed an online petition he started.

The city’s privacy watchdog voiced concerns about the breach at a company used by Charles Mok, and a local cybersecurity expert has said the problems could be even more widespread, given the firm’s popularity with major companies.

The move by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data came hours after Mok issued his apology on Saturday night. He revealed that the personal data of about 15,000 city residents who signed his petition last year – including their names, opinions and 9,500 email addresses – had been hacked.


PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 July, 2018, 5:50pm

UPDATED : Sunday, 08 July, 2018, 10:07pm

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