The UK’s Government Digital Service is urging users of its data website to change their passwords.
This after a massive security breach that exposed the names and email addresses of thousands of people for nearly two years.
According to the government, the leaks from the data.gov.uk domain, which is used to provide information on a range of government service functions for research and development purposes, were discovered as part of a routine security review. However, this was found to have only impacted users who had signed up to the service op to June 20, 2015.
It is understood that GDS has only recently discovered the leak, which is believed not to have impacted the data.gov.uk service.
“There is no evidence of misuse of anyone’s credentials and users have been asked to reset their passwords purely as a precautionary measure,” said GDS.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has also been informed of the leak.