World-Check is the name of one of the Thomson Reuters databases. What makes it unique is that it contains carefully gathered and organized data which is then used in the screening of individuals for any history of crime or acts of terrorism as well as any connection with already known terrorists.
World-Check is used worldwide. Its users are also banks, as well as subdivisions of governments and intelligence agencies. Thomson Reuters has gone to a great deal of effort to keep the names and information in databases such as World-Check available to proper authorities and away from the prying eyes of anyone who could otherwise benefit from the information.
Chris Vickery is a white-hat hacker who has assisted several intelligence agencies in the past with rigorous security testing. The security researcher has recently reported to Thomson Reuters that he was easily able to get a hold of a 2014 version of World-Check.
Vickery has stated that he did not need to hack the company or exploit a flaw in their security to find the database. World-Check was leaked by a third party.
The leaked database has more than 2.2 million names. Individuals and organizations had been organized over time and labeled as heightened risk targets. Apart from terrorist threats, the database had extensive documentation on several other illicit categories, such as money laundering, organized crime, and corruption to name a few.
Although the third-party has removed the original leak, it is still unavailable if the parts of the database still exist on the internet.
Vickery has offered to assist Thomson Reuters in consolidating their security against such future third-party leaks. Additionally, the company will also be searching for any possible parts of the database.
On Wednesday, June 29th, Thomson Reuters stated their gratitude to Chris Vickery. With more than just their reputation on the line, the information management firm is certain to mete out justice to the guilty parties, as well as anyone who has participated in the leak.
Chris Vickery has recently helped several modest communities with database leaks and although he has had some experience with sensitive information and intelligence agencies in the past, assisting Thomson Reuters in such a degree is a significant game change for him.
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