Stolen account information as a commodity

This came on the news this weekend:
Stolen account data from a bank in Switzerland are for sale for 2.5 million euros. German state says that it is considering a purchase, when calculating the opportunity to access 100 million in tax liabilities. Germany has previously made a similar deal with good profit back in 2008.

It all feels a little sad when it leads to the legitimizing this type of trade in personal data. Data that has been aquired through breaking the law (hacking).

Read all about it here