Crims publish credit card data online

The credit card and debit card details of thousands of Australian consumers has turned up online in a forum that can be accessed by anyone.

The Australian has revealed that the data contains all the info a crook would need to make fraudulent purchases, in addition to committing identity theft.

According to the paper, the credit card and debit card info was posted to a free blogging site, which Google then copied as part of its constant caching routine.

"It’s really important for people to check their credit card transactions and report anything suspicious to their banks so we can instigate an inquiry," commented Victoria Police sergeant Dave Spencer.

Credit card and debit customers from New Zealand, Germany and the UK were also affected by the leak.

Last month, fraud expert Steve Darrall told PC Authority to make sure they protect their PIN when withdrawing cash on their credit card or debit card to reduce the risk of falling prey to fraudsters.

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