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Monday, February 10, 2014

Theft of Barclays Database

Barclays has once again hit the headlines, this time its moment of fame comes from allegations that a database of 27,000 customers has been stolen and sold to rogue City traders.

Seemingly the files contain details of customers' earnings, savings, mortgages, health issues and insurance policies.

The leak was exposed by an anonymous whistleblower who passed the Mail on Sunday a memory stick containing files on 2,000 of the bank’s customers.

A Barclays spokeswoman is quoted by the Guardian:
We are grateful to the Mail on Sunday for bringing this to our attention and we contacted the information commissioner and other regulators on Friday as soon as we were made aware.

Our initial investigations suggest this is isolated to customers linked to our Barclays financial planning business which we ceased operating as a service in 2011.

We will take all necessary steps to contact and advise those customers as soon as possible so that they can also ensure the safety of their personal data.

A spokesman for the information commissioner’s Office said it was seeking further details and working with police on the case.

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