Security

Identity thefts take front page

A half page headline on the front page of The Sunday Times

today read ‘Stolen IDs sold on web for £1’.  The article is quite brief with little technical

information, but then the purpose is more to raise awareness than anything

else.  It details how one reporter obtained

samples of 13 stolen British identities including passwords, bank and credit

card details.  He was offered stolen

identities by Russian users of www.carder.info

for as little as $2 USD.  It is mentioned

that these details are being collected via key loggers and Trojans.  The Russian police would apparently not

comment, only saying that they are co-operating with their British

counterparts.

While none of this is new or unusual I think it’s good that

public awareness is being raised—front page of the Sunday Times is pretty high

profile.

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