Two board members at British Mensa have quit after accusing the society for people with high IQs of substandard cyber security practices that could expose the personal data of thousands of its members.
Eugene Hopkinson, a director at British Mensa since 2018, announced his decision to stand down on Monday, publishing an open letter explaining his reasons for quitting the board of the organisation that has grown to include 18,000 UK members since its launch 75 years ago.
Mr Hopkinson, who until recently was the board’s technology officer, said he had battled to convince Mensa’s leadership team to tackle data security issues surrounding member passwords since 2018.
His biggest concern was that member passwords were not “hashed” or scrambled, making them potentially identifiable to hackers.
He told the Financial Times that Mensa holds a lot of sensitive information — including the IQ scores of members and failed applicants; instant messaging conversations on its website; payment card numbers from the online shop; as well as passwords, email details and…