Sky News is reporting that the chairman of HM Revenue and Customs, Paul Gray, has resigned. Sky News has said that 7.5 million tax records have been lost/stolen/accessed/compromised. The Chancellor Alistair Darling will be making a statement at 3.30pm.
Hopefully it will be his resignation.
Update: The word "breaches" has been used now suggesting that there has been more than one failure. Who wants to bet that they will argue that if we just had ID cards it would protect against such security breaches? This is on top of the 15,000 records lost by a courier the other week.
Update !!: The BBC has just reported the figure as 15 million and it's child benefit recipient confidential data. So that's my wife's bank details then. Idiots. Ministers have known for nearly two weeks and they're sure that they're not in the "wrong hands" but they don't know where they are. First rule of information security, if you don't know how badly you have been compromised then you assume the worst.
As Drudge would say.