A global trading card database has been hijacked by a criminal syndicate that is selling cards stolen from the World War II era.
The card database, which was originally created in 1989, is now being used to sell cards to the public and is being used by criminals in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia, according to a report by the New York-based Global Trade Watch.
According to the report, criminals are using the card database to make money, especially on counterfeit cards sold online.
Card-scraping companies have been forced to stop using the database and are asking their customers to change their passwords and use another database that has been set up by the FBI.
But the Global Trade watch said it was concerned that criminals are now using it for nefarious purposes, and that its members were receiving threatening emails.
In a statement, the group said the card information was stolen from a database maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies, which is “now being used as a repository for criminal information.”
The database is used to track, authenticate and verify trades between companies, the report said.
The card information is used for all trading, and is not being shared or stored with third parties.
It also noted that cards are frequently purchased on the black market for $300, and the criminals are buying up as many as 20 cards at a time.
One suspect was arrested on a New York City street and charged with illegally reselling cards.
The other was arrested in London and charged for making false statements.