Email Leaks 10,000 Names from Police Data Check

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Another interesting data loss story…

A user has accidentally sent an email with a sensitive Excel attachment to a journalist working for The Register. Reportedly the auto complete feature on the email system accidentally resolved an email name to that of the journalist rather than that of another police employee. The spreadsheet contained in excess of 10,000 names of people who have had their records checked prior to them being employed in a sensitive job role. The leaked spreadsheet contained details of over 860 people who were found to have been in “trouble” with the police.

Worse still the police asked them to cover the story up!

The incompetent/non malicious inside threat strikes again…