Interior Ministry data file distributed on Web

A data file from the Interior Ministry that includes the personal details of all Israeli citizens, has been distributed on the Internet, it was reported on Monday. The file, which also included sensitive information about senior government figures, was sent out on the net by Web surfers via a file-sharing program. The ministry said in response that during the elections, information on various parties was transferred for promoting their campaigns, and that those who received the information were evidently using it inappropriately. The head of the Interior Ministry Population Registry, Sassi Katzir, told Army Radio in an interview that he intended to investigate the leak: "We will submit a complaint to the police in order to investigate how these details reached the Internet. We, according to law, pass on the file to the parties. I can't say for certain that this is the source, but these are the groups who receive the file from us."