Widespread Security Flaws Blamed for Northern Ireland Police Data Breach

From infosecurity-magazine.com

The most significant data breach that has ever occurred in the history of UK policing was due to force-wide security failings and a “light touch approach” to data protection.

In August 2023, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) suffered from a cyber incident that resulted in 9483 police officers and civilian staff having their personal data exposed.

The breach occurred following the accidental release of data within an Excel spreadsheet following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. This revealed the surnames and initials of current employees in the service, their rank or grade, and the location and department they work in.

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