20 July 2009

UK - Four million British identities are up for sale on the internet

(Times)
The identities of more than four million Britons are being offered for sale on the internet. Highly sensitive financial information, including credit card details, bank account numbers, telephone numbers and even PINs are available to the highest bidder. At least a quarter of a million British bank and credit card accounts have been hacked into by cybercriminals, exposing consumers to huge financial losses. Most of the personal data has been gathered as a result of "phishing" - a process whereby members of the public are duped into handing over their key details, such as user names, passwords and credit card details. They are then sold to the highest bidder on online forums or hacking websites. See Identity theft: is your personal data for sale on the internet? Lucid Intelligence, Garlik etc (Improbulus).