109,000 pension holders at risk after laptop stolen

Graham Cluley

It seems hardly a day goes past without news of a lost laptop containing sensitive unencrypted data or a mislaid USB memory stick.

The latest victims are some 109,000 pension holders whose data was on a laptop computer at the offices of Marlow-based NorthgateArinso, a British software provider who supplied the computerised pensions administration system to The Pensions Trust.

The stolen laptop included such sensitive data as names and addresses, dates of birth, National Insurance numbers, employer names, salary details, and bank account details. More information about the affected pension schemes can be found in this BBC News report.

NorthgateArinso published a statement on its website saying that the…

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