Thursday, November 22, 2007

UK Data Breach May Be Biggest Ever

Here's a little Thanksgiving treat from the people who brought the Pilgrims to America. This could be the biggest data breach ever. In absolute numbers -- a mere 25 million -- it would be just another day in data loss for us here in the US.

But in relative size and scope, for a country the size of the UK, it's massive. It could possibly affect 40 percent of the population, according to The New York Times. The potential for identity theft and online bank fraud is staggering.

The data was on two disks lost by a delivery service used by Her Majesty's Customs and Revenue service.

This is a round up of more stories from The Register, which called it a "datapocalypse." I love that dry British sense of humor.


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