Two arrested for offering facts stolen from wellbeing board coronavirus programs


Two people have been arrested for selling private data gleaned from regional wellness board data bases made use of to share facts of folks who have experienced a coronavirus check, law enforcement confirmed on Tuesday.

The two are amid a bigger group of individuals considered to be accessing the confidential info and providing it to 3rd parties and a lot more arrests have not been dominated out, law enforcement mentioned in a statement.

Broadcaster RTL has been investigating the sale of personalized info via health board networks and described its results to the GGD wellness board association before this thirty day period.

RTL claims not only names, addresses and phone quantities but also private BSN numbers are up for sale. The information will come from two different info bases, a person utilized in speak to tracing and a single for folks who have been examined, and dozens of sources have been supplying information from the data bases for sale via companies like Telegram, Snapchat and Wickr.

‘Some accounts are giving to appear for details about a certain individual,’ RTL stated. ‘That expenditures concerning €30 and €50 and will get you someone’s title, email deal with, cellular phone range and BSN quantity.’ Other accounts offer you larger information sets involving 1000’s of names or specific attributes these as individuals living in Amsterdam or the in excess of-50s.

‘This information and facts can be made use of to dedicate identity fraud as properly as phishing and stalking,’ IT law professor Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius explained to the broadcaster. ‘And mainly because the information may possibly also include health-related facts, very good stability is further crucial.’

Call centres

The two gentlemen, aged 21 and 23, have been arrested at the weekend. Both equally labored for the health and fitness board (GGD) get in touch with centre used to track down the contacts of people today who have tested favourable for coronavirus.

The well being board association was not aware of the illegal details trade and has now ‘immediately taken further measures’. Staff members will also now have to post a certification of good conduct (VOG) and indication a confidentiality settlement, director Andre Rouvoet mentioned. 

Random checks are also staying carried out between workers and procedure checking will be scaled up.

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