Former council employee stole 79,000 residents' email addresses

20/02/2024 | Infosecurity Magazine

A former council employee has been cautioned by the police for taking 79,000 local residents' email addresses from a garden waste collection database to promote a business. The data breach, which took place in November last year, also affected a separate database of email addresses from Warwick District Council. The former worker has apologised for his actions, and all email addresses have been deleted, according to reports. The CEO of Stratford-on-Avon District Council, David Buckland, also apologised for the incident and clarified that the information only contained email addresses, not bank details or names and addresses. The council has concluded that this was a deliberate act by an individual and not a breakdown of their internal controls.

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