Comment: A taxing time for security

Thursday, 13 June 2002, 12:07 AM EST

This month, a red-faced Inland Revenue had to shut down its online tax declaration site as its supposedly secure records were left wide open.
Without even trying to snoop or break into the system, site visitors stumbled over private and sensitive income information of their neighbours.

Security cock-ups tend to get a fair amount of media coverage - perhaps because there is an obvious attraction in opening any article with "red-faced" in the headline, (even we do it). But despite ample media attention to security flaws, it is likely we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

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