Yes, Data Thieves are Real

by Erin on January 22nd, 2008 in Industry and Security News.

For those of us in the online security industry, we don't question the fact that cyber crime is a real threat to consumers.  And anyone who has been a victim of data theft can attest that security is nothing to scoff at.

We've come across a story, thanks to a heads up from our friends over at CSIA, about someone who paid (literally!) the price of his ignorance about cyber security. Attempting to prove a point that data security is nothing to make a fuss about, TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson published his bank details in his British newspaper column. The outcome? A few days later, sure enough, a direct debit had been taken out of Clarkson's account.

BBC News quotes Clarkson as telling his Sunday Times column readers:

"I opened my bank statement this morning to find out that someone has set up a direct debit which automatically takes £500 from my account. The bank cannot find out who did this because of the Data Protection Act and they cannot stop it from happening again. I was wrong and I have been punished for my mistake."

Clarksons story serves as a clear illustration of why it's important to keep your personal and financial information under your control - data thieves are real!