Security researcher Brian Krebs has uncovered the involvement of credit bureau Experian in an ID theft operation.
Through research, Krebs demonstrated that Court Ventures had sold data to Superget.info, a “fraudster-friendly” site which marketed the ability to look up personally-identifiable information on millions of Americans.
Krebs cites an interview with Marc Martin, the CEO of another information services company which had a relationship with Court Ventures. Martin tells of a US Secret Service investigation of Experian related to ID theft and the data sold to Superget.info.
Individuals at Superget.info had presented themselves to Court Ventures as US-based investigators and gained access to Experian data. In fact, they were based in Vietnam, and the individuals have a history of involvement in ID theft.
Experian has also been in the news recently as the agency which performs credit history checks for the troubled government site healthcare.gov.