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Hackers walk away with $2.7m in Citibank breach

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Is it me or is it starting to feel like the Wild West around here? The news of major losses from hack attacks, the modern day “bank robbery”, just keep coming. This time its Citibank. Earlier this month, the bank announced that hackers stole the credit card details of more… Read more »

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Has the EU just turned into the Cookie Monster?

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Hands up who likes pop-ups appearing on their screen when browsing the internet? Anyone? Well with the new EU cookie directive implemented on the 25th of May this year, this could be something we will all have to put up with. So just what are cookies? They are much more… Read more »

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Virtual currency: It’s not just Monopoly money anymore

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Apple, Facebook, Google and a plethora of on-line games, are just some of those deriving tangible benefits from virtual currencies. However, what are virtual currencies, why are companies using them, what are the risks users and businesses face and how should they manage these? Virtual currencies are used to purchase… Read more »

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Surrey County Council pays out £120k for data breaching emails

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Ever wish you could climb in your computer and retrieve a mistakenly sent email? Surrey Country Council probably has. The council has been fined £120k by the Information Commissioner’s Office for breaking the Data Protection Act. Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said the council had paid the price for failing to… Read more »

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Sony breach could mean big losses

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The news issued yesterday by Sony that over 70 million users of its PlayStation Network may have had personal information including credit card details stolen following a hack attack on its online service could cost the business dearly. If one compares this to similarly sized cases, such as TK Maxx’s… Read more »

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WordPress.com hacked at root level

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If it can happen to WordPress, it can happen to anyone. WordPress.com, home of over 19 million sites, has recently been the victim of a hacker who gained root-access to several of its servers. This access revealed many important customers’ source codes, which may include API keys and social media… Read more »

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Data breach is possibly the largest in Texas history

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The Texas Comptroller’s office recently admitted to accidentally placing 3.5 million citizens’ personal information on a publicly accessible server. Possibly the largest data breach in Texas state history, unencrypted data including names, addresses, birth dates and more was transferred onto the Comptroller server from other organisations, even though the transfer… Read more »

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Privacy complaint brought against LinkedIn

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Behavioural advertising is becoming familiar to us all. Our email accounts and blogs we visit are littered with ads for items we’ve spookily just typed into emails to friends. Although most of the time it doesn’t work, it sometimes does and it’s this revenue that keeps online companies free. But… Read more »

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ZIP codes out as checkout queries found illegal

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“Can I have your ZIP code please?” is a question Americans are used to hearing as they check out at many of the major retailers in the US. And for years, few people have bothered to ask why or say no. A recent court ruling in California’s Supreme Court, however,… Read more »

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