John Burke reports:
The personal and financial details of almost 1,200 customers of green energy firm Airtricity were posted on the company’s website for six weeks, The Sunday Business Post has learned.
The Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, has launched an investigation into the incident, which occurred in late November but was only accidentally spotted on January 9. As a result of the breach, the company has said that it will indemnify the 1,160 affected corporate and residential customers with full fraud protection insurance up to December 2010.
The material was accessible to anyone who accessed the company website and could have been read or downloaded by clicking a link on the company’s homepage. Forensic computer analysts have been unable to tell if the data was downloaded or copied.
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