British cyber researcher Chris Vickery discovered that his database with details on those suspected of terrorism, money laundering and organized crime had been hacked and published on the Internet, the BBC said on Wednesday.
The database originally set up by Thomson Reuters is used by banks worldwide as a source before opening accounts or giving their customers credit, and serves as one of the tools used by the international banking system in its war on economic crime and prevention of fraud. The World Check Risk Screening included more than two million listings that were collected over two years. The data had been taken from open sources including information on suspects from social networks and law enforcement records.
Full article: Global terror suspect database leaked onto Internet (DEBKAfile)