Global fall-out from Mossack Fonseca cyber attack continues

Political consequences of the ‘Panama Papers’ leak continues today, as United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron is forced to issue statements regarding his personal finances. At the same time, technical details of how 2.6TB of data were exfiltrated from Mossack Fonseca’s mail servers have emerged.

The leaked data, comprising 4.8 million emails, 3 million database format files, 2.2 million PDFs, 1.1 million images, and 320,000 text documents, is being managed centrally by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and was first reported by Sueddeutsche Zeitung. International figures mentioned in the data include former and current senior government officials in China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and Ukraine.

In London, David Cameron has issued a number of statements clarifying his financial position, after it was revealed that his father, the late Ian Cameron, had ran a fund which was a longstanding customer of Mossack Fonseca. The Labour leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has called for an independent investigation of the tax affairs of all UK citizens linked to the Panama Papers, including David Cameron’s family.

Meanwhile, in Reykjavik, Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson has resigned after revelations in the Panama Papers showed that he and his wife had previously undeclared interest in offshore accounts.

The Panamanian law firm have stated that the leak is not the result of an insider, but that their servers were attacked from abroad. Analysis suggests that Mossack Fonseca does not encrypt its emails with TLS protocols and also that their systems were using unpatched versions of the common WordPress and Drupal content management systems.