VIENNA (Reuters) – A Dutch hacker arrested in November obtained and provided on the market the complete title, handle and date of start of nearly everybody in Austria, the Alpine nation’s police mentioned on Wednesday.
A person believed to be the hacker provided the info on the market in a web based discussion board in Might 2020, presenting it as “the complete title, gender, full handle and date of start of presumably each citizen” in Austria, police mentioned in a press release, including that investigators had confirmed its authenticity.
The trove comprised near 9 million units of information, police mentioned. Austria’s inhabitants is roughly 9.1 million. The hacker had additionally put “related knowledge units” from Italy, the Netherlands and Colombia up on the market, Austrian police mentioned, including that they didn’t have additional particulars.
The Austrian data is so-called registration knowledge – fundamental data together with a present handle that residents are required to supply to the authorities.
“Since this knowledge was freely accessible on the Web, it should completely be assumed that these registration knowledge are, in full or partly, irrevocably within the fingers of criminals,” the police mentioned, including that unknown folks have been believed to have paid for the info.
The 25-year-old suspect arrested in an Amsterdam residence was identified to worldwide police and is below investigation by the Dutch police and judicial authorities, Austrian police mentioned. A spokesman added that the assertion was solely printed now in order to not hinder these investigations.
The police didn’t elaborate on the results for Austrians’ knowledge safety.