Missing hard drive containing 7,500 Bitcoins is buried on landfill site

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Docksway landfill site in Newport, Wales, has a hard drive buried amidst the mud and refuse which contains a ‘digital wallet’ worth an estimated £4m. Owner James Howell threw out the hard drive from his defunct Dell laptop, which broke when he spilled lemonade on the machine, when he was… Read more »

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Cyber Monday leads to technical hitch for RBS and Natwest

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High profile online retailers like Amazon, John Lewis and Tesco predicted that December 2nd, dubbed Cyber Monday would be the busiest shopping day ever in UK online retail history as customers flooded the web looking for bargain Christmas deals. However, allegedly due to high demand, payment systems were overloaded and… Read more »

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Grocery store breach stresses need for robust cyber insurance

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A data breach at American grocery store Schnucks between December 2012 and March 2013 exposed an estimated 2.4 million credit and debit cards. This widespread breach resulted in an estimated $80m loss and sparked state and federal consumer lawsuits against the grocer, as well as another suit by the grocer’s… Read more »

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Medical marijuana users file suit against Health Canada

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Health Canada are facing a law suit after allegedly mailing letters to 40,000 people – and identifying them as participants in the Medical Marijuana Access Program. The action was filed in Vancouver by local resident Jason Wilcox on behalf of all Canadians who had been implicated in the security breach…. Read more »

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CryptoLocker holds users to ransom for their personal files

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A ransomware device named CryptoLocker encrypts users personal files and demands money for them to be unlocked. Whilst ransomware is not a new tactic in the cyber criminal world is has seen a stark resurgence in recent weeks. What’s more, while you will no longer be able open, read or… Read more »

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Hackers steal 376,000 credit card details from Irish firm LoyaltyBuild

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The Irish loyalty programme firm, Loyaltybuild have been hit by a hack attack which saw the loss of 376,000 customer full credit card details. According to investigatory results by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC), credit card and – contrary to all payment storage rules – CVV details… Read more »

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Forensics lab will help police tackle cyber criminals

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Australian Federal Police have plans for a multi-million-dollar forensic centre which will target cyber criminals. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2015. Work on the $106 million laboratory in Majura officially began on Thursday, several hours after the police confirmed an apparent cyber attack on… Read more »

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Privacy concern as hi-tech adverts are installed in Tesco

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Supermarket giant Tesco have teamed up with digital signage company Amscreen in order to install hundreds of hi-tech advertising screens which will be able to detect the face, gender and age of shoppers. These screens will also monitor how long the customer spends engaged with the advertisement. The “OptimEyes” system… Read more »

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Data from contactless payment cards can be stolen

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Card use in stores has started to evolve from chip and pin to wave and go. Customers are able to simply wave their card in order to complete a transaction without inputting any data or providing a signature. Customers can tap or hold a card near to the reader and… Read more »

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Data protection reforms delayed until 2015

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New EU data protection rules and a new cyber security framework are to be verified by the beginning of 2015 despite many believing the reforms would be finalised by May next year, in time for the European Parliamentary elections. However, data protection experts have commented on the decision to delay the… Read more »

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