Man Arrested Over Theft of 9M Data Files in Greece

November 21, 2012

Greek police say they have arrested a man on suspicion of having stolen 9 million Greek personal data files – which would cover nearly the entire population of the country of about 10 million people.

Police said Tuesday that the 35-year-old, whose name was not released, was found in possession of the data files that included identity card details, tax numbers, vehicle license plate numbers and home addresses. The files appeared to include duplicate entries, meaning the number of actual individuals affected could be lower.

Authorities are investigating how the man, who faces felony charges of data theft, came into possession of the files and whether he intended to sell the list.

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