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Tokyo police arrest engineer for stealing personal data of millions of people

Published on Jul 17, 2014 8:33 PM
 
 IT engineer Masaomi Matsuzaki enters a police station in Tokyo July 17, 2014 after he was arrested for allegedly stealing massive amounts of personal data from an educational services firm Benesse Holdings, a leak that may affect more than 20 million people. Private details - including names, addresses, phone numbers and birthdays - were stolen by Matsuzaki who reportedly sold the information for about 2.5 million yen ($305,500). -- PHOTO: AFP/JIJI PRESS

TOKYO (AFP) - The Tokyo police said Thursday they had arrested an engineer for allegedly stealing massive amounts of personal data from an educational services firm, a leak that may ultimately affect more than 20 million people.

Private details - including names, addresses, phone numbers and birthdays - were stolen by 39-year-old suspect Masaomi Matsuzaki, police said, with Japanese media reporting that he sold the information for about 2.5 million yen (S$305,500).

The magnitude of the leak, which has been headline news in Japan, prompted angry calls for an explanation from Benesse, one of the country's best-known companies.

The company, whose holdings include the Berlitz language education brand, offers services ranging from teaching babies how to use toys to English instruction.

 
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