Identity theft hits home

Wednesday, 12 November 2003, 2:03 PM EST

Imagine going to a Web site and finding your credit card number, address and phone number there for all to see and anyone to steal.

It happened to a local man - and the twist is that he's a computer expert.

"I entered my name into the Google Web site to demonstrate a point and what popped up was my name, my credit card information, along with about 55 other people's names, credit cards, addresses, and their information," said Paul Edelblut, whose credit card number was stolen.

Edelblut trains people on how to use the Internet. In front of a crowd of people, up came his personal information. It was on a hacker's Web site hosted by Yahoo's Geocities.

Edelblut thinks his card was stolen from a hotel safe in Indonesia.

"It was posted within 48 hours of my stay at that hotel in Indonesia, and because I work for a technology company I was able to trace the Yahoo Web site back to the originators, who are an Indonesian hackers group," Edelblut said.

NBC 10 News tech expert Ken Hartman said the thieves combined technology.

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