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19,000 credit card details appear on Google

It has been revealed that Google, the leading Internet search engine, has inadvertently picked up 19,000 credit card details which were harvested by a Far East criminal gang. While it has long been known that Far Eastern criminal gangs were targeting UK credit card customers, the fact that Google has inadvertently picked up 19,000 credit card details, making them accessible to billions of people on the Internet, is of serious concern.

Up until just a few days ago the name, address, date of birth and other personal details of the credit card holders in question were available for all to see. While Google has since taken down the details there are concerns that ID theft could be an issue if those details were to fall into the wrong hands. There is also a problem for the 19,000 credit card holders as they have not yet been advised by their credit card provider that their details have been made public knowledge.

Even though banks and credit card companies have flagged the various accounts to ensure they are monitored for unusual activity, many believe this is not enough. MPs from both sides of the House are pushing for the financial companies involved to issue a statement and ensure that those caught up in the scam are advised accordingly.

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