Dutchman suspected of trafficking millions of people's personal data

Dutchman suspected of trafficking millions of people's personal data
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A 25-year-old Dutchman has been arrested on suspicion of trading in the stolen personal data of millions of people around the world, the Dutch prosecutor’s office reported on Wednesday.

The data was sold on underground online marketplaces, with the man allegedly laundering proceeds worth €450,000 through virtual money.

He was arrested in late November and, in early December, it was decided that he should be detained for an additional three months.

Until December 15, he was “in full restriction,” meaning he was only allowed contact with his lawyer. “That is why the arrest was not reported earlier,” the prosecutor's office explained.

Investigators in Austria had discovered in 2020 that the personal data of people who had paid their viewing and listening fees in that country was being traded on a cybercrime forum. They bought the file and tracked down the Dutchman, who allegedly also sold patients' data from stolen medical records.

The victims came from a variety of countries, including the Netherlands, Austria, Britain, China, Colombia and Thailand.


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