The personal details of thousands of football fans who bought World Cup tickets from official FIFA outlets have been stolen and sold for up to £500,000. Investigators are now trying to establish who purchased the information, which includes the passport details and dates of birth of up to 250,000 supporters, amid concerns it could have fallen into the hands of criminal gangs or even terrorist groups. The massive data breach, which leaves fans open to identity theft and fraud, is now the subject of a criminal investigation. It has been alleged that an employee of one ticketing agency may have been offering the information for sale. The stolen database is understood to have been compiled by FIFA, football’s world governing body, in the run-up to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
(Source: Daily Mail)