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HP Goofs, Sends Its Employees’ Personal Data to Unknown Party

Accidentally leaked credentials; Insider attack

Payroll information on 1,000 personnel at a technology maintenance division of HP was emailed to a third party on Oct. 6.

It is believed the incident was caused by human error, but it is unclear why the person did not follow procedures in place to prevent these sorts of outcomes.

No other workers outside of HP Customer Delivery Services were affected. HP contacted staff to let them know what happened.

The payroll info contained National Insurance numbers, addresses and salaries. 

sector

Technology

reported

November 7, 2014

reported by

The Register

number affected

1,000 employees

location of breach

Unknown

perpetrators

Employee

location of perpetrators

Unknown

date breach occurred

November 06, 2014

date breach detected

November 06, 2014