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.”