Terror-suspect database used by banks, governments, has been leaked
A database described by some as a “terrorism blacklist” has fallen into the hands of a white-hat hacker who may decide to make it accessible to the public online.
The database, called World-Check, belongs to Thomson Reuters and is used by banks, governments and intelligence agencies to screen people for criminal ties and links to terrorism.
Security researcher Chris Vickery claims to have obtained a 2014 copy of the database. He announced the details on Tuesday in a post on Reddit.
“No hacking was involved in my acquisition of this data,” he wrote. “I would call it more of a leak than anything, although not directly from Thomson Reuters.”