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The Dutch hacker gained access to the personal data of all Austrians: the police


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Police said Wednesday that a hacker based in the Netherlands gained access to the full name, address and date of birth of almost every person in Austria and offered to sell them.

A user believed to be the hacker put the data up for sale in an online forum in May 2020, police said in a statement, providing it as the “full name, gender, full address and presumed date of birth of each citizen” in Austria. Adding that the investigators confirmed its authenticity.

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

Austrian information is called registration data – basic information including a current address that residents have to provide to the authorities.

“Since this data is freely available on the Internet, it must be fully assumed that this recording data is, in whole or in part, irrevocably in the hands of criminals,” the police said, adding that they are believed to have been paid for by unknown persons. data.

Austrian police said the 25-year-old suspect arrested in an apartment in Amsterdam was known to international police and is under investigation by Dutch police and judicial authorities. A spokesman added that the statement was only published now so as not to impede those investigations.

The police did not explain the consequences for the data security of the Austrians.

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