Stolen Barclays' client data sold in "worst data breach ever"

|About: Barclays PLC (BCS)|By:, SA News Editor

A stolen database of 27,000 Barclays (BCS) client files has been sold to unscrupulous dealers who are using the information to pressure investors into scams, Mail Online reports.

Leaked client data includes earnings, savings, mortgages, health issues, insurance policies, passport and national insurance numbers, and personal data such as clients' hobbies.

The loss may be a breach of BCS' obligation under the Data Protection Act to keep personal information secure.

Barclays says it will take all necessary steps to contact and advise affected customers as soon as possible.