NEWS FROM THE LAB - Monday, January 7, 2008

Published Bank Account Numbers Used for Charity Posted by Sean @ 15:22 GMT

Is it a good idea to publish your bank account information in the pages of a newspaper? No, but you probably knew that didn't you?

It's seems that Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear needed to learn the hard way…

BBC News has an "entertaining" story of Clarkson's experience.

The HM Revenue and Customs office recently lost two CDs containing 25 million people's personal details. Clarkson apparently didn't consider the lost data to be a serious concern. So he published his own bank account details in the Sun Newspaper.

And what was the predictable result?
Someone used the details to create a �500 direct debit to a charity called Diabetes UK.

Top Gear is popular among the folks in the lab. It airs on MTV3 here in Finland: