British government information leak triggers Data Security panic

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Data exposure that occurred in the database recording car movements in entire Britain has created a data security panic among the populace, forcing the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to launch a probe on an immediate note. 

 

Sources reporting to Cybersecurity Insiders say that car journeys about over 8.6 million cars being tracked by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras were accidentally exposed on the internet opening the data vulnerable to hackers, stalkers, and government-funded espionage campaigns.

 

The Police and the council chiefs have expressed their disappointment and rendered an apology for the data blunder. And assured that no such mistakes will be repeated in the future 

 

Meanwhile, the news is out that the officials at the ICO have termed this information exposure as serious and could impose a multi-million-pound penalty on the guilty.

 

Tony Porter, the surveillance camera commissioner working for Britain has apologized for the incident and described the lapse as worrisome.

Silkie Carlo, the director o Bog Brother Watch termed this extensive mass surveillance system of cars as appalling as there is no idea on who and when they might have accessed the information.

 

Note- The Register was the first resource to report the breach after a group of experts alerted the renowned news resource about the data exposure after keeping a track on the database between April 18th and 24th of this year. The publication has also disclosed that the database which recorded the car movements of nearly 8.4 million cars belonged to Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Police.

 

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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