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Data stolen from Experian already being sold online

Experian is already feeling the consequences of the recent hack in which full data of more than 15 million users has been stolen.

Irish security startup Trustev has told VentureBeat that the data stolen is already being sold on the dark web. “This morning they saw listings go up for “FULLZ” data that matches the same types of information that just came out of the Experian hack,” the security firm said.

“FULLZ” is a slang term describing a full data set which includes an individual’s name, social security number, birth date, account numbers, and other data.

This matches exactly the data stolen from Experian last week: for each of 15m people who applied for a T-Mobile contract between September 1, 2013 and September 16, 2015, data accessed by hackers included their name, address, Social Security number, date of birth, identification number (typically a driver’s license, military ID, or passport number) and additional information used in T- Mobile's own credit assessment.

However, data being sold online is not the worst thing that can happen to Experian, Telegraph’s Madhumita Murgia (opens in new tab)ssays. What’s even worse is that this data can be cross-referenced to anonymous health records, as well.

“If a hacker can gain access to these health records, or any anonymized health datasets made available to commercial and academic research organizations, they can easily cross-reference the date of birth or address records from, say, the T-Mobile dataset (which does contain names), and find a person’s entire health record within minutes.”

The result of having your health or genetic data stolen has far more wide-ranging consequences than your financial identity, starting with simple blackmail, Telegraph concludes.

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.