The UK government is under fire for flouting basic security procedures, this time causing the shutdown of a major computer centre after a memory stick containing pass codes was found in a pub car park.
The system compromised is the Government Gateway system, which looks after things like tax returns. The memory stick belongs to an employee of the company that runs the the system.
An investigation in underway into how it ended up in the car park.
The system's security apparently hasn't been hacked – but the implications could have been devastating if the information on the memory stick had fallen into the wrong hands.
A hacker would have been able to access the personal details of up to 12-million people registered on the system.
This isn't the first time the UK government has been under fire for poor security. Last year a CD containing records of 25-million children was put into the post and lost.