Tax website closed, personal data leaked
Government Gateway shut down following confirmation the personal data of 12 million people has been found in a public car park
The UK government has actioned an emergency closure of one of its key
websites after a memory stick containing millions of passwords and personal data
was found in a public car park.
Despite the Department for Work and Pensions maintaining security of the site
had not been breached, computer experts believe the data is at risk of internet
hackers according to
The Government gateway system has the capability of hosting data ranging from
tax returns and parking tickets.
A statement on the site read: ‘The Government Gateway is temporarily offline.
We apologise for any inconvenience. Normal service will be resumed as soon as