This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more.X

Greek man arrested for stealing nine million personal data files

Share this article:
Greek man arrested for stealing nine million personal data files
Greek man arrested for stealing nine million personal data files

A Greek man has been arrested on suspicion of having stolen nine million personal data files.

According to a report by the Washington Post, the man was found to be in possession of the data files that included identity card details, tax numbers, vehicle licence plate numbers and home addresses.

Chris McIntosh, CEO of ViaSat UK, said: “There are a number of things to be learned from this case, none of which inspire confidence. First, it shows how easy it is for personal details to fall into the wrong hands: after all, nine million personal data files could represent more than 80 per cent of Greece's population. The UK equivalent would be one person having the details of over 50 million people.

“Second, and more crucially, there is still the question of how the records were obtained and how the theft was reported. While it seems that an employee of the Greek Data Protection agency notified the police, if they hadn't noticed that one person was amassing files there is no knowing exactly what would have been this data's eventual fate.”

Share this article:

SC webcasts on demand

This is how to secure data in the cloud


Exclusive video webcast & Q&A sponsored by Vormetric


As enterprises look to take advantage of the cloud, they need to understand the importance of safeguarding their confidential and sensitive data in cloud environments. With the appropriate security safeguards, such as fine-grained access policies, a move to the cloud is as, or more, secure than an on-premise data storage.


View the webcast here to find out more

More in News

Microsoft warns on yet another zero-day security flaw

Microsoft warns on yet another zero-day security flaw

Microsoft has warned Windows users about a zero-day security issue with malicious PowerPoint documents being emailed to recipients. The software giant is working on a patch for the problem.

Google launches FIDO-compliant 2FA USB key for Chrome and Gmail

Google launches FIDO-compliant 2FA USB key for Chrome ...

Google has souped up its two-factor authentication (2FA) login process with the launch of Security Key, a physical USB that only works after verifying the login site is truly a ...

Evolving TorrentLocker ransomware generating big money

Evolving TorrentLocker ransomware generating big money

The TorrentLocker ransomware has returned with a vengeance and is starting to bring in big money for its operators.