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    Banking and Building Society Security

    This is a hot topic at the moment and as you know I like to produce lists.
    My day job is in cyber security so I gathered together a list of the most insecure financial institutions
    using the excellent browser plugin from Calomel
    https://calomel.org/firefox_ssl_validation.html

    As you can see some of the well known names have low security and some of the small outfits have high security.

    I would not be surprised to see these institutions in the news. Especially in the light of the Talk Talk data breach.

    Bank of Beirut (UK) Ltd
    Philippine National Bank (Europe) Plc
    Sainsbury’s Bank Plc
    Zenith Bank (UK) Limited
    Cumberland Building Society
    Hanley Economic Building Society
    Birmingham Midshires
    Saga

    Ironically Sainsbury's rival Tesco can get a 100% rating, so come on guys get to work fixing these problems.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

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    do you mean the risk of obtaining information, or hacking directly into accounts?
    The Cumberland offers current accounts, but The Hanley doesn't, does it? i don't think passbook accounts are at risk, directly, are they?

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    Obtaining information and hacking into accounts.
    Both banks and building societies. I thought of posting in the general forum.
    If breached you can get address, account number and amount which is pretty much enough to clear you out.

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    Update:
    Well Done to the Cumberland Building Society/Bank of Beirut who are now rated 100%. Good work guys.
    The other institutions have raised their bar to average security, which is as bad as other High St names and in my very not good enough.
    The Hanley Economic Building Society/ Philippine National Bank (Europe) Plc/Zenith bank really should get a rap across the knuckles from the relevant regulator as they are still broken.

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    Stafford Railway were the subject of a security breach - access to customer data, not access to accounts, over a period of a few weeks earlier this year, according to a letter I have received from them. How did they fare on your list?
    Sterling Forever.

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    are you a SRBS member HB? how concerned do you think members ought to be?

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    Yes I am a member, have been for 20 years. I'm not overly concerned, but I think they are more concerned than they let on, as they are encouraging members to sign up to some subscrition service (at SRBS' cost) at Experian, which would notify members of credit searches.

    They say "some emails sent to our system" were accessed and they have contacted "affected members". This includes me, though I have never emailed them.

    details here
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    I got the SRBS letter as well. Plus I also have never emailed them.

    I must be doing something wrong - I have also had my details stolen from elsewhere (not a building society) so already have a free Experian account from that source. I note the other source has given me TWO years with Experian. SRBS were only offering ONE year.

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    me too. they say "We have written to all affected members" and they have written to me, but i haven't sent them any emails.


 

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