Krebs on Security recently revealed that identity thieves have gained access to the databases of three of the biggest data mining companies on the planet.
LexisNexis, Dunn & Bradstreet, and Kroll Background America Inc. have been systematically plundered by hackers, most likely from Eastern Europe, who have stolen millions of personal and business records and are selling them on the Internet black market.
A site called SSNDOB has been selling names, social security numbers, birthdates, and more culled from these sites via a botnet attack last spring. According to Brian Krebs, you could buy a credit report from the site on anyone for just $15. A background check would run you $12; a drivers license record $4, and assorted other bits of highly personal info costs 50 cents to $1.50 per.