Criminals plunder Australians’ identity from websites

Organised criminals are stealing Australians’ identities by plundering the information they place on websites and using it to commit fraud, according to the head of the nation’s elite criminal intelligence agency.Crime Commission chief executive John Lawler warned that criminals were taking personal information from social networking sites and using it to fraudulently obtain credit.”Young people often build online profiles that include such things as interests, pets, relationships, travel plans and life stories. Criminals can take such personal information to fraudulently obtain credit,” Mr Lawler will tell an international organised crime conference in Melbourne this week.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/criminals-plunder-websites-20101017-16p46.html
http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/social-networking-sites-a-boon-for-criminals-intent-on-fraud-20101017-16p6e.html

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