NHS records released without permission

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The NHS’s seventieth anniversary celebrations have been somewhat tarnished by the revelation that the confidential medical records of 150,000 patients have not remained confidential after all – contrary to their express wishes. The patients had assumed that health data stored on the NHS’s Digital IT system would be kept private… Read more »

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Hackers 1 Adidas 0

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German sportswear giant Adidas has admitted to being the victim of a hack that has compromised the personal data of millions of customers who have made purchases via its US website. It doesn’t appear that any financial or fitness information has been taken, however; and hackers would need to unencrypt… Read more »

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Cyber Claims Case Study: Beyond the breach – hospital faces huge operational disruption

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Healthcare providers, like any business, are exposed to a range of cyber exposures, including malware attacks, which can have a devastating impact on their operations, especially in relation to system damage and business interruption costs. In this month’s cyber claims case study we have reviewed a malware attack at a small hospital and how our policy… Read more »

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Surveillance footage sent to the wrong address

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It must be disconcerting to tune into footage from your home security camera to find yourself looking at complete strangers. This has recently happened in Britain to users of cameras made by Swann Communications – a subsidiary of Infinova Group, an international security camera specialist headquartered in the US. The… Read more »

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WordPress fix long overdue

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It’s now seven months since researchers notified WordPress that its CMS contained a vulnerability that allows a user with limited privileges to deploy the ‘thumbnail delete’ function to take control of a website. So far, WordPress has failed to issue a fix; despite the fact that a malicious party –… Read more »

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US healthcare company hacked

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The hard-pressed healthcare sector has suffered yet another cybersecurity setback. It looks as if a hack on US healthcare billing claims vendor Med Associates has penetrated the medical records of more than quarter of a million patients. The attack took place in March, through a member of staff’s workstation. Med… Read more »

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Live chat widget leads to Ticketmaster breach

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Ticketmaster, the California-based ticketing agency, has suffered a data breach affecting five per cent of its customers. On June 23rd, Ticketmaster’s UK operation spotted malicious software on a customer support product hosted by Inbenta Technologies; an AI company that specialises in natural language processing and semantic search. Ticketmaster was using Inbenta’s… Read more »

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Flight monitoring service hacked

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Nearly a quarter of a million users of Swedish flight tracking service Flightradar24 may have had their emails and passwords compromised by a recent data breach. Flightradar24, one of the leading providers of real-time aircraft flight information, initially advised its customers to change their passwords, without making any public announcement… Read more »

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Tesla takes former technician to court

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Electric car maker Tesla is suing Martin Tripp, a disillusioned former employee and self-styled whistle-blower, for attempted industrial sabotage. Elon Musk, the visionary founder of the Californian automotive-to-alternative energy company, claims that Tripp hacked into the Tesla computer system and leaked confidential information to unauthorised third parties. As well as… Read more »

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Google products expose more IoT security issues

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Vulnerabilities in two Google products are prompting fresh concerns over the security of the Internet of Things. It appears that hackers can detect a person’s exact location by exploiting vulnerabilities in Chromecast – Google’s streaming device, and Home – its artificial intelligence speaker. While it’s deemed unlikely that this could… Read more »

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