Credit card data from 19,000 card owners in the UK was accidentally put online and fully available through a simple web search.
Included in the data were names and home addresses as well as full card information.
It is thought that the details, taken from Visa, Mastercard and American Express customers, were mistakenly put in the public domain by fraudsters, who planned to sell it on to other scammers.
The data was originally posted on an unsecured server in Vietnam which was subsequently closed down.
However, a cached page was still available on Google after the server was shut. Google has since taken steps to completely remove the credit card information from its search index.
Published on March 31, 2009 | Filed Under Tech
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