The Man Who Stole Greece: Cuffed chap had data on most of country
Seemed to be doing better than the tax authorities
Greek police have cuffed a suspect who allegedly stole personal data of three-quarters of the country's population as part of an attempted industrial-scale ID theft scam.
The unnamed 35-year-old computer programmer is suspected of attempting to flog nine million records containing ID card data, addresses, tax identification numbers and car license plate numbers, Reuters reports. Some records were duplicates but even so personal data of the majority the the economically troubled European country's 11 million inhabitants appears to have been exposed by the breach.
AP adds that the suspect was caught in possession of the treasure trove of data after been traced through the internet.
The source of the leaked data remains unclear, although an insecure government server is one likely possibility. The investigation into the mystery privacy breach remains ongoing and further arrests may follow.
"We are investigating what the source of the data was and how they were used by the man arrested, and also the possibility of him providing them to someone else," police spokesman Christos Manouras told reporters. ®
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there is a joke about "Trojans" that can be told here.
Re: Money is a mass noun, isn't it?
No no, I don't have " any money "
Re: The word 'data' is plural
Several datum can, together, be considered a set of data. In general usage, the inference would normally be that it is the set (singular) of many datum that are being referenced. "I need that (set of) data as soon as possible!"
Datum as a singular tends not to get used in popular speech, the same way trouser or scissor also tend not to get used. The usual reference is (set of) data, or (pair of) trousers, or (pair of) scissors.
Also your posited question already has a singular reference, inviting the singular response; "that money" instead of "those moneys/monies".
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/money shows money to be considered a singular rather than plural noun. Since I can certainly recall personal instances of hearing people use monies/moneys in speech, I see no reason to doubt the entry's veracity.
An interesting aside would be how you would instinctively try to describe the need for several unconnected data sets... could you see yourself ever asking someone for "those data"?