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UK Government Exposes 25m to Identity Theft

From the OMGWTFBBQROFLMAO department, the Government of the United Kingdom, or more specifically, a dumb employee of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), has exposed 4 in every 10 people in the UK to the possibility of identity theft and fraud. Yes, that’s every parent with a child under 16, along with every one of those children — twenty-five million people!

How? Because said employee decided to burn two CDs with the unencrypted records of all these people, including full name, address, bank account details, National Insurance number and date of birth and then sent it in the mail, unregistered and untrackable, to the National Audit Office. And then those CDs never arrived. Apology letters are going out to 7 million families.

You just can’t make this stuff up. I’m sure this will go down in history as one of the most incredibly brilliant lessons in data security, ever.

I’m just astounded. In fact, so amused that I had to blog about it. :D

(Rest assured, when this makes it onto Facebook as an imported note, I will be traumatised by not being able to tag 25 million Britons in the note.)

The news coverage starts here: BBC News – UK’s families put on fraud alert

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