Nordic portal crash creates high frequency of Kenneths

Nordic portal crash creates high frequency of Kenneths

Summary: Norwegian online portal Altinn crashed on Tuesday, and mistakenly started logging people into the financial records of a 36–year-old man in Oslo named 'Kenneth', according to tech news publication Icrontic.People logging onto the Norwegian government website Altinn to check tax results crashed the service on Tuesday morning.

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Norwegian online portal Altinn crashed on Tuesday, and mistakenly started logging people into the financial records of a 36–year-old man in Oslo named 'Kenneth', according to tech news publication Icrontic.

People logging onto the Norwegian government website Altinn to check tax results crashed the service on Tuesday morning. Service was restored, but due to a caching error, anyone who logged onto the service after 6.17pm was logged-in as 'Kenneth', and could see two-years worth of his financial records, said Icrontic. In addition, some of his wife's details were also revealed.

Kenneth has consulted his lawyer, said Icrontic. The Altinn web service was down at the time of writing.

"Altinn is unavailable," said an error message in Norwegian. "We are striving to correct the error, but unfortunately cannot give an exact timescale for when Altinn will be back in operation."

Citizen interaction with the UK government over taxes has also overwhelmed servers in the past. In February 2008 HMRC had to extend the filing deadline for tax returns after demand crashed its website.

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