In collaboration with digital forensics organisation Forensic Pathways, this Cifas report "Wolves of the Internet: Where do fraudsters hunt for data online?" reveals where people’s personal data is being compromised online. It has a number of key findings, including that, despite the higher risk to criminals, personal data is frequently sold on the surface web, alongside being sold on the less risky dark web.
- Almost a third of victims of identity fraud found to have had a visible digital footprint on the surface web, with the vast majority on social media;
- Younger victims more likely to be found on social media compared to older victims, whereas older victims were more likely to have had their details leaked multiple times via a data breach;
- 76% of victims who were company directors had their home address registered as their business address;
- Overall, 65% of victims of identity fraud have a visible social media presence or have been victims of a data breach.