Panama papers: Hacking our systems was the only crime: Mossack Fonseca co-founder

Apr 07, 2016, 09:38 IST | Agencies

Panama City: One of the founders of the law firm at the center of the explosive ‘Panama Papers’ revelations on off-shore holdings said his company was hacked by servers from abroad. Ramon Fonseca said the firm Mossack Fonseca had lodged a criminal complaint with Panamanian prosecutors on Monday over the breach.

Ramon Fonseca
Ramon Fonseca

He added that in all the reporting so far “nobody is talking of the hack, and that is the only crime that has been committed.” In a telephone message responding to questions, Fonseca said, “We have lodged a complaint. We have a technical report that we were hacked by servers abroad.” He did not specify from which country the hack was carried out.

Fonseca also rued the fact that reporting on the 11.5 million documents taken from Mossack Fonseca’s computer system focused on the high-profile clients who had used the law firm to set up offshore companies to hold their wealth. “We don’t understand. The world is already accepting that privacy is not a human right,” he said.

Don't jump to conclusions: RBI
Cautioning against jumping to conclusions with regard to Panama Papers, the Reserve Bank of India’s Deputy Governor S S Mundra said yesterday. He added, “There would be all kinds of cases once the details are available Then it would be fair to reach to a conclusion.”

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