Lost child benefit CDs: Have they looked down the back of the sofa?

Graham Cluley
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It’s appalling. The loss of millions of people’s personal information by the HMRC shakes the trust that people need to have with government organizations to its foundations. Worryingly, new research conducted by Sophos has found that 58% of those polled believe the Government’s data loss was “inevitable”. Yes, we know that to to err is human, but to really screw things up it seems you need a Government department.

This isn’t just incompetence on a grand scale, for the individuals affected by the ID theft it could be potentially financially crippling. If criminals get their claws on your personal information they could take out bank accounts, loans, and credit cards in your name, ruin your credit rating, and generally look to inflict as much financial damage as they can, in as short a time as possible.

It seems…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.