Enabling ID Fraud #4

Newcastle City Council has said it accidentally put 54,000 credit- and debit-card details on a computer system that could be accessed externally.

The council has today admitted it inappropriately released up to
54,000 credit- and debit-card details covering transactions between
February 2006 and April 2007, covering payments to the council
including council tax, business rates, parking fines, and rent payments.

In a statement
on its website, the council said the information released was in an
encrypted file and included names, addresses and credit-card numbers.
However, the council stressed that no details of either Pin codes or
security-code numbers were included in the file that was
inappropriately released.

The lapse was discovered during a test of the council's IT security. Following this audit, Newcastle said it closed down the computer servers concerned, and it said that security had been tightened and reinforced.

Newcastle City Council Chief Executive, Ian Stratford, said, “We
very much regret that this situation has developed. There has been no
indication of any fraud or loss. We are now fully confident that our
systems are properly robust, so we are continuing to receive payments
by credit and debit cards.”


For its lack of due diligence, this City Council is an ENABLER OF ID FRAUD.

About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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