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Jan 7 2008   9:18PM GMT

Top Gear host’s stunt highlights data theft concerns

Derek Kuhr Derek Kuhr Profile: Derek Kuhr

Our favorite security blogger — Pete Finnigan of the Oracle Security Weblog — today wrote about an instance of data theft that should serve as a valuable life lesson to anyone.

According to a recent article, TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear wrote a newspaper column in which he posted his personal bank account details. Clarkson was hoping to make a point that a recent loss of HMRC data was no big deal.

Well, the joke was on Clarkson when someone unlawfully debited his account and made a donation to a  UK diabetes charity.

According to Finnigan, the lesson here is clear: “Don’t mess with data, especially data that relates to your personal details; there will always be someone who can abuse it.”

SearchOracle.com and its sister site, SearchDataManagement.com, regularly cover and examine the implications of instances of data loss and data theft. Here are some of the best articles we’ve had on the subject thus far:

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