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[Dataloss] UK: Security alert as thousands told bank details have been stolen
From: Dissent (Dissentpogowasright.org)
Date: Fri Feb 23 2007 - 12:39:31 CST
THOUSANDS of county council staff are at risk of identity theft after
their highly confidential bank and national insurance details were stolen.
A lap top computer containing the personal information of up to
19,000 staff - complete with names and addresses - was taken in a
Despite the seriousness of the security breach, in a letter to staff
Mike Weaver, the director of financial services at Worcestershire
County Council, said he did not want to cause unnecessary concern'.
He said the laptop was owned and being used by a member of staff
employed by the council's IT supplier SERCO who was robbed outside
the county several days ago'.
"The personal details include names and addresses," he said.
"Other details relating to national insurance and bank accounts are
also held on the computer but are not so easily deciphered.
"Although the theft appears random rather than planned and the
computer is password protected, there is nevertheless a risk that
this information might be misused."
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