Is the 1.6TB Paradise Papers exposé a leak or a hack?

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Until a few days ago, nobody had an inkling that Apple Computer, musician Bono, F1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II had anything important in common beyond being very famous.

Any yet they do, according to the Paradise Papers, a 1.6TB leak of about 13-million files which German newspaper Süeddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) allege contains evidence linking these, and many other well-known people, to tax havens.

Notice we just used the media’s preferred word leak instead of describing the revelations as a data breach which is, arguably, just as valid a description – the files were acquired without the consent of their owners after all.

from Naked Security – Sophos

Is the 1.6TB Paradise Papers exposé a leak or a hack?