Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has apologized for leaking personal data from a government database.

Data on about 637,000 employees in the state administration, as well as private individuals, were leaked, which contained ID card numbers, work status, and salary data.

This information was disseminated through correspondence applications.

“According to the preliminary analysis, it seems to be an internal intrusion, rather than an external cyber attack,” Rama told a news conference, adding that an investigation was underway.

He added that he believes that this was done in order to create “confusion and animosity” between the people and the government.

A previous leak from a government database occurred in April ahead of parliamentary elections.

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