Nearly 20m items of personal data were traded illegally over the internet in the first half of this year, as more people went online.

The amount of illegal data in circulation is on track to quadruple from 2010 by the end of this year according to research by Experian.  The sharp rise came as consumers have more accounts online than before, making transactions online, from bank payments to utility and council tax bills. The average Briton now has about 26 accounts online and those aged 25-34 have about 40 accounts.

Source: Financial Times