A hacker from the Netherlands, who was arrested by the police in November last year, stole the data of almost everyone in Austria and put it up for sale. The stolen data includes the full names, addresses and dates of birth of millions of Austrians. About that reported Reuters news agency, citing data from Austrian law enforcement officials.
The attacker tried to sell the stolen data on one of the online forums in May 2020, presenting the database as “full name, gender, address and dates of birth of presumably every citizen” Austria. During the investigation, the reliability of the database in the hands of the hacker, which contained information on approximately 9.1 million Austrians, was confirmed. The same attacker attempted to implement similar databases containing data from citizens of Italy, the Netherlands and Colombia.
“Since this data was freely available on the Internet, it can be assumed with a high degree of probability that all or part of this registration information has irretrievably fallen into the hands of criminals.”, said the Austrian police in a statement. It also notes that the database was sold to unidentified people before the hacker’s arrest.
The hacker himself turned out to be a 25-year-old Amsterdammer who was known to the international police and was already under investigation in the Netherlands. The police did not provide any information about the consequences of this incident for the residents of Austria, whose data was compromised.