Whoops! Another website leaks data and dates of birth

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Just earlier today I was telling you about The Princeton Review who have been left with egg on their face after a competitor told the New York Times that confidential details of tens of thousands of American students had been exposed.

Well, what do you know? Another website has come a cropper in a similar way.

This time it’s the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. According to media reports, details of 17,000 Irish accountants was accidentally published on its website.

The sensitive information includes members’ personal addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers, as well as dates of birth – all valuable stepping stones for any criminal intending to commit an identity theft.

The reason why…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus 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 security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.