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The identities of 'tens of thousands' Britons are being traded on the so-called 'dark web', it has been claimed.
Personal details of more than 600,000 customers were reportedly stolen from companies in the UK in the last year. The average cost of an individual's details is less than £20, it has been reported.
The startling claims come after a 15-year-old boy was arrested over the TalkTalk cyber-attack which put the banking details of four million households at risk. He has since been released on bail. 
Personal details of more than 600,000 customers were stolen from companies in the UK last year (file image)
But it is not just private companies who are vulnerable to hackers, according to the .
Profiles have also been stolen from the Government's own computer systems, the newspaper reported, claiming these hold enough detail to take control of a person's digital identity. 
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Use our email and... Share this article Share 127 shares A Government spokesman told the Financial Times: 'We are looking carefully at the level of regulation.
'Every company board should be fully aware of the risk from cyber attack, and be confident that the company has proper security in place.'
THE DARK WEB: THE BLACK MARKET OF THE INTERNET  The Dark Web can be reached only by using special computer software.
This allows the user to hide their identity and means those behind the sites can keep their details hidden and ? stay free from prosecution.
Websites based in Russia and feshop cm other former countries of the Soviet Union are home to dozens of markets where stolen details are traded.