Crime database exposed

30 June 2016

Suspected terrorist details leaked online

A financial crime database has been ‘leaked’ on to the Internet.

According to a report by the BBC, World-Check Risk Screening contains details about people and organisations suspected of being involved in terrorism, organised crime and money laundering, among other offences.

Individuals' dates and places of birth are also listed, in order to help banks check they are looking into the right people. Access is supposed to be restricted under European privacy laws.

According to the report the database’s creator, Thomson Reuters, has confirmed an unnamed third-party exposed an "out of date" version online and that material has since been removed.

Security researcher Chris Vickery is said to discovered the leak. He claims that there was no protection for the database, with no username or password required to see the records. Vickery notified World-Check, which reported that the leaked database contained more than two million records and was two years old.

World-Check aggregates financial crime data from the public domain, including official sanctions data, to help clients meet their regulatory responsibilities.

Other sources of information used to collate the database include :

  • local law enforcement records

  • political websites

  • articles published in the press and on personal blogs

  • social media posts.

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