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UK Government Breach Exceeds Original Estimates
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 27 November 2007 09:16
Officials may have lost eight more storage disks containing personal information on British citizens

NOVEMBER 26, 2007 | 5:44 PM
By Tim Wilson
Site Editor, Dark Reading

After losing two computer disks containing personal information on some 25 million British citizens, sources in the U.K. government now say there are another eight disks unaccounted for.

According to a report in the London Times, there are actually 10 missing discs: the two originally reported lost in the mail from offices in Washington, Tyne and Wear, to the National Audit Office in London; and now six reported lost in transit from tax offices in Preston. The disks were not registered properly or encrypted, leaving them open to fraudsters.

Staff from the Washington, Tyne and Wear, office are searching for another disc that contains "limited but sensitive" information related to child benefit claimants. Yet another, with the tax details of several hundred people appealing against previous Revenue & Customs decisions, is also being sought.

The government was forced to begin a separate investigation last night after a businessman claimed that he had received in the mail two discs containing highly sensitive information about judges, barristers, and solicitors.

Authorities already had been forced to begin a second investigation when a U.K. government contractor said he was in receipt of two disks containing personal information on officials and attorneys in the British judicial branch, the Times reports... More   Comment in the Forums

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