Japan: Man loses USB with information from more than 400 thousand people from Amagasaki
Do you believe that? A Man loses USB with information from more than 400 thousand people from Amagasaki and all that for drinking too much and passing out on the street, this one is weak for drink, huh?
The original report says that the municipal government of Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, was preparing to send some relief payments to families exempt from the residency tax.
To get the job done and find out who among Amagasaki’s 460,000 people were eligible, the city outsourced the service to an IT company in nearby Suita, Osaka Prefecture.
Man loses USB with information from more than 400 thousand people
On June 21, one of the contractors made a copy of the city’s Jumin Kihon Daicho, which is a register of all citizens with information such as birth dates, addresses, tax information, etc.
With all this data on a flash drive, the guy took the registration out of the government office without permission and transferred the confidential data to a computer at his company’s call center in Suita so they could be worked on there.
However, after finishing his work, the man put the USB in his bag without deleting his data. Reports said he had stopped at a restaurant on his way home for dinner. When he got home, he noticed that the bag with the memory card and the Jumin Kihon Daicho were missing and called the police.
On June 23, when this story broke, the IT company issued an apology and clarified how this incident happened. The truth is that the employee had drunk too much during dinner and, on his way home, he fell asleep on the street. It was during this loss of consciousness that the bag must have disappeared.
Man loses USB with information from more than 400 thousand people: Did the item end up on a sales site?
After publicly apologizing for the incident, Amagasaki said that no leaks were detected and that the data was protected by a 13-character password. On the afternoon of the 23rd, the lost item appeared on a sales website for a price of 452,600 yen, a number that is also the estimated population of Amagasaki in 2015.
The post has been removed from the sales app, and is believed to have been just a prank. Especially since there was a message in French at the end of the product description, stating that it was ”fictitious”.
Check out the reaction of some people on the internet about what happened:
”Do not use a memory card”
”Should we really call him ”lost” right now?”
”I wonder why the city let its contractors go out to eat with this information”
”Why did they reveal the number of characters in the password?! Are they so stupid?!”
”You know, ”Amagasaki2022” is 13 characters long…”
”Now would be a good time to get out of Amagasaki, if you were already considering it”
”At least it wasn’t a floppy this time”
On June 24, the lost bag was recovered, as apparently the man retraced his steps and discovered that the bag was near an apartment he remembered passing by, and luckily nothing was missing from it.
Via: SoraNews24 and Kobe Shimbun NEXT
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