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Royal exposure with leak of Prince's banking details.

PGP (GB) : 25 June, 2007  (Technical Article)
Laptop theft from royal estate could compromise royal data due to poor levels of data protection used on the computer according to PGP.
A laptop containing the Prince's private bank details - including account number, sort code and national insurance number - was earlier this month stolen from the car of an employee of Mooreplay, the payroll company that handles wages for the Prince's Duchy of Cornwall estate.

Moorepay has been quoted as saying: 'The laptop could pose a security threat if a technical expert was able to breach its password protection.'

Jamie Cowper, European Marketing Director at data encryption expert PGP Corporation, has made the following comments:

'It seems that not even royalty is immune to the growing threat to personal data. This regal twist serves to further highlight the need for organisations and individuals to take better precautions when outsourcing services such as payroll to third party companies.

Moorepay has even admitted that the password protection on this laptop could result in a serious threat to the Prince's personal information if breached - so why have they not done more to safeguard this data in the first place? Quite simply, the sophistication of data thieves today has rendered the traditional password an ineffective security measure.

Companies such as Moorepay need be more aware of the nature of information held on any mobile device and to realise that comprehensive data encryption is the only way to ensure the complete protection of sensitive information on these devices if they fall into the wrong hands. It really is the only way to avoid the embarrassment and reputational damage caused by high-profile cases such as this.'
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