British newspaper The Mail on Sunday has itself another scoop.
A member of the public found a 4GB USB thumb drive outside a outside a pub in Cannock, Staffordshire. The memory stick, which was passed to the newspaper, is alleged to contain confidential passwords for the Government Gateway website, and its source code.
The British public register on the Gateway website to access hundreds of government services including self-assessment tax returns, VAT returns, pension entitlements and child benefits. This year, 1.8 million people are said to have submitted their tax returns via the system for instance.
The memory stick was lost by an employee of Cannock-based Atos Origin, who manage the Gateway system on behalf of the UK government.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Work…
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