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Terrorism Database Leaked Onto the Internet

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A database of 2.2 million suspected terrorists and people linked to organized crime -- a list used by intelligence agencies, banks and companies around the world -- has been leaked onto the internet.

The database, called World-Check, was managed by the Thomson Reuters financial data firm for its clients.

However, security researcher Chris Vickery found a 2014 version of the list that didn't require a password to access information.

Thomson Reuters thanked Vickery for the discovery. The firm said it reached the unnamed third party that had posted the information and that it had agreed to remove the list from the internet.

The list collates "risk profiles" on individuals with alleged links to terrorist groups, corruption and organized crime.