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UK Government Data on Thousands For Sale on Darknet

29/10/2015 by

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The digital identities of tens of thousands of Britons are available for sale on the darknet including ‘thousands’ stolen from government databases, senior officials have claimed.

An unnamed “Whitehall security official” told the FT that personal information, including all the bank details a fraudster could need to raid an individual’s account, were available for around $30 on average.

However, information gleaned from the government gateway—which includes potentially even more valuable personal tax and social security data—has been on sale for around $75.

It’s unclear when the digital identities of UK citizens were stolen from these government databases, although there have been signs in the past that not all breaches of the Data Protection Act get reported to privacy watchdog the ICO.

Back in June security firm ViaSat UK submitted Freedom of Information requests to all UK police forces and found that they dealt with at least 13,000 device theft cases between March 2014 and March 2015.

However, the ICO investigated just 1,089 breaches over the same period.

That led to calls for greater powers to be given to the watchdog to ensure all threats are reported and risks minimized.

The news comes as a major cyber-attack on ISP TalkTalk continues to make headlines.

It’s still unclear how many of the company’s four million customers have been affected, although the firm is now claiming that the breach is not as bad as at first feared and that the bank details stolen couldn’t be used to raid accounts.  

This article has been extracted from http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com, please click on this link to read the article in full http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/uk-government-data-thousands-for/​

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