Top Gear Host Mocks Hackers, Gets Bank Account Hacked
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|Jeremy Clarkson, the host of the popular British car show "Top Gear", apologized today after becoming a victim himself, when, in an effort to downplay the privacy issue over the loss of 25 million peoples' personal details on two computer discs, he revealed some of his personal banking information to demonstrate that such information wouldn't lead to fraud. Doh!|
The Top Gear host revealed his account numbers after rubbishing the furore over the loss of 25 million people's personal details on two computer discs.
He wanted to prove the story was a fuss about nothing.
But Clarkson admitted he was "wrong" after he discovered a reader had used the details to create a £500 direct debit to the charity Diabetes UK.
I was wrong and I have been punished
Clarkson published details of his Barclays account in the Sun newspaper, including his account number and sort code. He even told people how to find out his address.
"All you'll be able to do with them is put money into my account. Not take it out. Honestly, I've never known such a palaver about nothing," he told readers.
But he was proved wrong, as the 47-year-old wrote in his Sunday Times column.
"I opened my bank statement this morning to find out that someone has set up a direct debit which automatically takes £500 from my account," he said.
"The bank cannot find out who did this because of the Data Protection Act and they cannot stop it from happening again.
"I was wrong and I have been punished for my mistake."
Posted by moneylove on 2008-05-20 08:46:37
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