What a week it's been - and not just for Alistair Darling. HMRC's catastrophic loss of 25 million child benefit records will have the government on the defensive for some time yet. But what was the cause? So far we have the government pinning the blame on a rogue junior employee and the Tories putting it down to incompetence, penny-pinching and plenty else besides.
And then there is world-renowned ex-fraudster Frank Abagnale's take on events: those discs weren't lost but stolen, he insists.
But one thing seems certain. IT security risks have been ignored at HMRC and the culture and systems need to change there fast.
Read our extensive coverage of the entire debacle.
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