Dutch hacker managed to get hold of almost all personal data of Austrians, the police say

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VIENNA (Reuters) – A Dutch hacker arrested in November has obtained and offered for sale the full name, address and date of birth of virtually everyone in Austria, the Alpine nation’s police said on Wednesday.

A user believed to be the hacker offered the data for sale on an online forum in May 2020, presenting it as “the full name, gender, full address and date of birth of presumably every citizen” in Austria, police said in a statement. adding that researchers had confirmed its authenticity.

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The hoard contained nearly nine million data sets, police said. The population of Austria is about 9.1 million. The hacker had also put up for sale “similar datasets” from Italy, the Netherlands and Colombia, Austrian police said, adding they had no further details.

The Austrian information is so-called registration data – basic information including a current address that residents must provide to the authorities.

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“Since this data was freely available on the internet, it must be absolutely assumed that all or part of this registration data is irrevocably in the hands of criminals,” the police said. the data.

The 25-year-old suspect who was arrested in an apartment in Amsterdam was known to international police and is being investigated by the Dutch police and judiciary, the Austrian police said. A spokesperson added that the statement has only now been published so as not to hinder those investigations.

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The police did not comment on the consequences for Austrians’ data security.

(Reporting by Francois Murphy; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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