It's not often that loudly-opinionated Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson is forced to eat his words, but that's exactly what one enterprising hacker has forced him to do.
The Register reports that Clarkson set out to prove that the recent loss of CDs by the UK government containing the bank details of 25-million people was nothing but a storm in a teacup by publishing his own bank account details in his column in The Sun newspaper. He duly recorded his account number, sort code and some clues to his address, boldly pontificating that the worst that could happen would be someone paying money into his account.
A couple of days later, however, the blustery one was forced to remove both feet from his mouth to admit that he was wrong after an unidentified hacker set up a 500 pound direct debit from his account to the Diabetes UK charity.
Updating readers in his Sunday Times column, Clarkson says: "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."
Clarkson, The Register adds, has also changed his tune on the government's clamatous cock-up. "Contrary to what I said at the time, we must go after the idiots who lost the discs and stick cocktail sticks in their eyes until they beg for mercy," he says.