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Case from Finland

Published on 20 Jan 2017

The more recent story of a popular newspaper’s website recounts an identity theft case from Finland. In 2012 thieves broke into a person’s car, and stole purse with the documents. The person was advised to apply to self-block of credit applications in a bank, however, the block was active only for two years. Soon after that she noticed that there were loans granted on her name, the largest was 10.000 Euro.

Further, someone have used her identity to sign into a maternity hospital, and eventually child protection officers came to visit the person in question and enquired about her child (which she did not have). So, someone used her documents to give a birth. As a result three fraudsters were sentenced. The first one, 29 year-old woman, received a two-year and one-month prison sentence. In addition, the 21-year-old woman was sentenced to ten months in prison. The third accused, 33-year-old woman was sentenced to pay 50 day fines for forgery and three assistance fraud. In total they need to pay victim EUR 21 000 for moral damage, defamation and legal and other expenses.


Report in the Bavarian TV-station: Conference against Identity Theft

Published on 07 Nov 2016

On 3rd November 2016 the first international conference against Identity Theft “Does my identity still belong to you?” took place in Munich.
“Victim Support for Identity Theft” (VISIT) is an EU-funded project for the development of protection mechanisms against Identity Theft.
The Result Group GmbH in Germany is the leading partner of the international consortium consisting of four countries.

Twelve experts from Germany, Austria, Finland and Portugal presented informative and exciting speeches on the wide spectrum of Identity Theft at the VISIT conference. About 100 attendees were given insights into the topics of risk, threat and abuse, victim reports and perpetrators’ profiles, possibilities for prevention and future prospects.

At the VISIT conference the Bayerische Fernsehen interviewed two conference speakers, journalist Ms Tina Groll and Stephan Peters from the SCHUFA AG. The interviews were broadcasted on national television in the “Abendrundschau”.


Finland ahead of European partners

Published on 26 Jul 2016

Finland one first European countries to develop a specific legal frame for the misuse and / or theft of identity

Following a 2014 proposal on ID theft by the Finnish government, ID theft became law in Finland on the 4th September 2015. The aim of the ID theft law, HE 232/2014, is to meet the requirements arising from attacks against information systems (IS). HE 232/2014 addresses ID theft and a wide range of cybercriminal activities, including: The directive includes violation of the secrecy of communication (§3), aggravated communications secrecy violation (§4), interference with telecommunications (§5), aggravated interference with data traffic (§6), light interference with data traffic (§7), interference with information systems (§7a), aggravated interference with information systems (§7b), hacking (§8), and aggravated theft of information (§8a). ID theft is addressed in §9b of the Act and is defined as the unauthorized use of someone else’s personal or identification data or other similar data identifying the person by a third party causing financial harm or more than minor inconvenience to the person. In addition, it is also unlawful to use messages which can be associated with a subscriber or a user of service. For example, data collected in communication networks to transmit, distribute, or provide messages (e.g. IP addresses). An ID theft case is opened only following a complaint, for example, that another party is acting unlawfully in using a stolen, created, or administrated identity to mislead another party.


The Police Chief Magazine

Published on 10 Mar 2016

The Spread of Identity Theft – Developments and Initiatives within the European Union

…Despite increasing attention devoted to the topic of Identity Theft within the European Union, authors and policy makers still identify a number of reasons why Identity Theft is not as significant a problem as it is in the United States. These reasons often relate to attitudes and actions set forth by governments, businesses, and citizens.

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The Guardian

Published on 10 Jan 2016

Data and computer security – As easy as 123456: the 25 worst passwords revealed

If your password appears on this list, you should probably change it right away. Good news! People are still astonishingly bad at picking secure passwords, and if you run your fingers across the top row of your keyboard, you will probably type seven of the 15 most-used passwords at once.

When we say “good news”, we mean “good news for people who want to break into password-protected accounts”, of course. If you are one of the people with a bad password, that is very bad news indeed.

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Insider Monkey Blog

Published on 10 Jun 2015

11 Countries with the Highest Rates of Identity Theft in the World

In 11 countries with the highest rates of Identity Theft in the world, this crime has become rampant. Developed countries has been facing this problem for some time now, but as other countries develop their Internet infrastructure and more and more people turn to online banking, Identity Theft has started to be a major issue worldwide.

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Published on 10 May 2015

Number of Identity Theft victims rises by a third

The number of people falling victim to Identity Theft in the UK has risen by almost a third, new figures suggest. The BBC has learned that criminals are increasingly using internet forums to buy and sell data. They use the information to open bank accounts, obtain credit cards and commit fraud in other people’s names.

Fraud prevention agency Cifas said the number of victims rose by 31% to 32,058 in the first three months of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014.

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Published on 10 Jul 2014

Forschungsprojekt: Uni deckt 100.000 Fälle von Identitätsdiebstahl auf

Kursieren meine Daten in Hackerforen? Diese Frage soll ein Online-Service des Hasso-Plattner-Instituts der Uni Potsdam beantworten. Nach knapp zwei Monaten hat das Tool bereits mehr als 100.000 Warn-E-Mails verschickt.

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