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Motherboard – Terrorism Database Used by Governments and Banks Leaked Online

“…Thomson Reuters’ database, called World-Check, is used by over 300 government and intelligence agencies, as well as 49 of the world’s top 50 banks, according to a company fact sheet. World-Check is designed to give insight into financial crime and the people potentially behind it “We monitor over 530 sanction, watch, and regulatory law and enforcement lists, and hundreds of thousands of information sources, often identifying heightened-risk entities months or years before they are listed. In fact, in 2012 alone we identified more than 180 entities before they appeared on the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) list based on reputable sources identifying relevant risks,” the Thomson Reuters website reads. You might not expect one of those sources to be Wikipedia. According to Motherboard’s analysis, over 15,000 entries in the World-Check database reference as a source. These include profiles which have been designated as “political individual,” “diplomat,” and “terrorism.” Over 6,500 of the profiles that include Wikipedia sources are for political individuals, 5074 are for other individuals, 624 are labeled as being involved in some form of crime, such as narcotics or financial, and 178 are suspected of terrorism. Although Wikipedia can be a good source of information, some of the articles cited by World-Check are incomplete or of low quality…”

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