Cristina Tarna claims that the authorities attempted to break in her e-mail after having made a statement about the General Prosecutor

Julieta Savițchi
07/05/2020

The anti-corruption expert Cristina Tarna, former deputy director of the National Anticorruption Center claims that the special structures affiliated to the Government tried to break in her e-mail after having commented on the investigation of the General Prosecutor Alexandr Stoianoglo's case, published on the portal Anticoruptie.md  of the Center of Investigative Journalism  in Moldova (CIJM).

The expert informed us that a few hours after the publication of the investigation, she received a warning message from the Yahoo administrator that her account was the target of an attempt to access information on behalf of government officials.

"Yahoo is committed to protecting users and we strive to detect and to prevent unauthorized access. We believe that your Yahoo account has been targeted by government-sponsored actors seeking access to your account information. Moreover,  this  does not necessarily mean that your account has been hacked, it could be a false alarm, but we take the security of our accounts seriously and we want you to be informed about how you can protect yourself and your account ", reads the message received by Cristina Tarna.

The expert pointed that this is not the first time that an attempt has been made to break her account, but for the first time she is informed that these might be government-backed actors and she is curious that this happened after her statement about the General Prosecutor was published.

"Over the past few months, I have been repeatedly notified by Yahoo Mail administrators of attempts to get unauthorized access to my mail account. On May 5, 2020, the journalistic investigation of the Anticoruptie.md portal was published regarding the potentially incomplete statement on assets and interests of the General Prosecutor Alexandr Stoianoglo, in connection with which I was asked to comment from a legal view point on possible violations and on the procedure for prosecuting the person holding such a high position. On the same day, at 17:49, I received a new message from the Yahoo security team, informing me that Yahoo believes that my account was the target of an attempt to access information. I consider that the attempts to access my e-mail address by the authorities aim to intimidate the public expression of my opinions, the violation of the right to privacy and the secrecy of personal correspondence, but also the lawyer's correspondence with clients. The violation of these fundamental rights is the indisputable proof of the slippages from the principles of the rule of law that happen today in the Republic of Moldova ", said Cristina Tarna.

Asked by Anticoruptie.md reporters, Sergiu Bozianu, president of the Protection of Privacy Association said that in this case at least two rules of the Criminal Code were violated. "It is about violating the inviolability of privacy and the right to secrecy of correspondence. The expert will take steps to the Yahoo administration and will request the IP addresses from which the attempts were made, then will file a complaint with the police ", said Bozianu.

Julieta Savițchi
07/05/2020

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