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Hacker steals entire nation's identity
From: security curmudgeon <jericho () attrition org>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 22:31:32 -0600 (CST)


Hacker steals entire nation's identity
Cory Doctorow at 5:15 pm Wed, Nov 21

A Greek hacker stole the personal data of about 9,000,000 Greek residents, 
which is approximately the same as the population of Greece itself. As 
Kevin at Lowering the Bar points out, this means that "If You're Greek, 
Someone Probably Just Stole Your Identity."

Third, according to some reports, the files "appeared to include duplicate 
entries," so the actual number of affected Greeks may be lower than 9 
million, but we don't know how much lower yet. For now we have to assume 
the number is 9 million, so your answer should have been that there is 
approximately a 91% chance that any particular Greek citizen's identity 
has been stolen. That number is high enough that it seems reasonable to 
say that somebody just stole an entire country's identity, and to use 
italics to do it.
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