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Graham Cluley

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

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.

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Graham Cluley

BBC Watchdog steals Facebook identities, and Sophos's idea!

Last night, BBC TV in the UK broadcast an investigation into Facebook security on their flagship consumer affairs program, Watchdog. Their findings have been reported in news stories worldwide.

BBC investigators set up a fake Facebook id called "Amba Friend", contacted 100 people at random with friend requests, and reported how many accepted the invitation from a total stranger.

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