Huge jump in HMRC security breaches

Figures in Parliamentary written answers have shown security breaches at HM
Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have increased significantly since the data discs

Despite pledges to tighten up after the loss of 25m child benefit records,
HMRC has had 10 breaches a day since October last year, compared to eight per
day the previous year, the Daily Mail reports.

The breaches include the losses of computers containing information about
members of the public and mobile phones with private numbers stored in them.

The figures show that, since October 2007 there have been 1993 security
breaches in all. At that rate, more than 2700 breaches can be expected by this
October – a rise of 28%.

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