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UK HIGH STREET BANK Barclays is facing a reported data blag that took customer data and put it into the hands of bounders.
According to a report at the Mail on Sunday, a report that the bank has confirmed to The INQUIRER as accurate, Barclays is already talking to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) about this and is glad to have been alerted to the attack.
"We are grateful to the Mail on Sunday for bringing this to our attention and we contacted the Information Commission and other regulators on Friday as soon as we were made aware," it said in a statement.
According to the Mail on Sunday and its source, this was quite a significant plunder that saw thousands of customers' information fall into the hands of shady salespersons. As many as 27,000 files were held on a USB stick, and as many as 1,000 professionals might be affected.
Barclays suggested that any data lost was probably rather old, and added that it will contact customers who might be affected and alert them to the risk.
"Our initial investigations suggest this is isolated to customers linked to our Barclays Financial Planning business which we ceased operating as a service in 2011. Based on what we have seen, this appears to be data from 2008 or earlier," it said.
"Protecting our customers' data is a top priority and we take this issue extremely seriously. This appears to be criminal action and we will co-operate with the authorities on pursuing the perpetrator. We would like to reassure all of our customers that we have taken every practical measure to ensure that personal and financial details remain as safe and secure as possible."
According to the Mail on Sunday each folder included about 200 pages of information on each customer. The newspaper described the customers as mostly doctors and lawyers. µ
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