DETAILS about hundreds of children have been leaked online, according to an investigation by the Telegraph newspaper.
The details come from applications to independent schools and include information about behavioural problems, says the newspaper.
It is alleged that the leak is the result of a cyber attack on a company that advises parents on where to send their children, and that 1,367 records including names and addresses have been leaked online as a result.
The attack is said to have been made on a firm called Gabbitas. We have contacted it and its parent company Prospects Services. The Telegraph says that the firm charges around £200 an hour to advise parents on where to send their kids to school.
The Telegraph says that the leaked information, which has been removed from the place where it was originally posted, is based on reports that parents have written about their offspring.
According to the newspaper the UK's data watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office, has been alerted to the leak and is considering its response.
Gabbitas told us that it is "deeply concerned" about the illegal access to one of its websites, adding that it has already reported the incident to the police.
"We shall be co-operating fully with them in their criminal investigation of this. We are taking these matters extremely seriously. Measures have been taken to ensure the security of all other sites from such attack," it said. .
"The Chairman of Gabbitas has apologised unreservedly to any individuals who may have been affected by this unauthorised access.We believe that all our client data is secure and further actions have been taken in the last 48 hours to reinforce this." µ