Thursday, May 28, 2009

Australia: Stolen Credit Data Published in Blog

Blair Speedy writes on Australian IT:

Victorian police are investigating a massive identity fraud involving the personal details of thousands of Australians that have been available on a blog site for more than a month.

The data, discovered by The Australian, includes thousands of Visa, Mastercard and American Express numbers, including expiry dates, together with home addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

The list was posted on a free blogging site, where it was copied by search engine Google as part of its routine cataloguing of internet sites on April 21.

Victoria Police Sergeant Dave Spencer said the list appeared to have been collected from a number of sources before being sold to criminals.

"Lists like this come up for sale on the internet, and this is basically the end product of skimming and hacking of ATMs and other point-of-sale systems," Sergeant Spencer said.

More here.


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