Huge amounts of personal data stolen, offered for sale in Vietnam

The personal data of hundreds of thousands of people has been stolen, classified, listed and then offered for sale on the Internet for up to US$1,650 per database.

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Notably, among the lists is one that includes 3,400 people with a savings account at a major bank, showing all of their deposits and the balance.

Nha said he had more than 130 lists updated annually to provide to his customers.

Lists are offered for sale at different prices, Nha said, adding that a list of savings account holders costs VND700,000 (US$33), while another list cost VND2 million ($94).

Nha, a college graduate, said he has engaged in “this line of business” for a year and has obtained the lists from people working at different firms including banks, companies and agencies.

Read more on Tuoi Tre.

Between hackers and rogue insiders, it seems that large swaths of South Korea’s and Vietnam’s citizenry have had their details stolen and marketed, but I’m not sure how much worse that is – if at all – compared to what goes on here.

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