For over a year, more than 400 reporters have been inspecting terabytes of data originating from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca. This “Panama Papers” data has turned out to be the greatest data leak in history, outperforming any similar data dump to date. Coming all from a whistleblower at Mossack Fonseca, the leak includes more than 4.8 million emails, 3 million database files, and 2.1 million PDF files, amounting to more than 2.6 terabytes of information.
Why is the leak important? Because it details the shady tax-evading business practices of various public figures for whom Mossack Fonseca helped create shell companies that were used to hide assets and money.
And it turns out all this data came from a single person who used increased protection to hide his or her identity and to siphon a large amount of data. Here’s how it happened. More →