Security bug closes Inland Revenue site

Friday, 31 May 2002, 11:59 AM EST

An Inland Revenue spokeswoman said that the service was suspended after users reported seeing information about other taxpayers. "The security of our customers' data is of paramount importance to us," she told the BBC.

The spokeswoman stressed that the number of people reporting the problem was small, but that it was decided to temporarily withdraw the service until the glitch is repaired. The Revenue did not say how long this would take.

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