Internet operator VeriSign is hacked repeatedly

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VeriSign, the company ultimately responsible for the integrity of websites ending in .com, .net and .gov, has been hacked repeatedly, Reuters reports. It is believed that hackers stole undisclosed information from the company, though VeriSign does not believe the servers that support their Domain Name System network have been breached…. Read more »

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Data breach cover is essential for small businesses

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If you work in the insurance industry, it can be easy to forget that small business owners aren’t always sure what types of cover they should have in place. Forbes, however, has put together a handy list of thirteen types of insurance essential for small business owners. Number eight on… Read more »

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NHS Trust could be hit with one of the ICO’s largest fines yet

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has proposed a fine of £375k, its largest so far, for a patient privacy breach at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. The incident occured when hard drives containing patient data were sold on eBay by the registered contractor hired to destroy them. The… Read more »

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Zappos hit with privacy breach

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American shoe giant Zappos, owned by Amazon.com, has recently undergone a major security breach which exposed the personal details, albeit no full credit card information, of as many as 24 million of its customers. The good news is that Zappos was fairly well-equipped to defend and respond to such an… Read more »

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Spain Sinde Law to combat internet piracy

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Spain has jumped on the anti-piracy bandwagon and recently adopted an anti-internet piracy law which could force internet service providers (ISPs) to shut down offending websites within ten days. The law is in reponse to a report which found that nearly 98% of music consumed in Spain is done so… Read more »

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Data privacy becoming the focus of California’s plaintiff attorneys

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Just like fashion and cuisine, it turns out that in California, certain types of class action lawsuits can also be in vogue. The Data Privacy Monitor reports that the latest is a series of lawsuits arising out of California’s 2003 “Shine the Light” law which requires almost all businesses with… Read more »

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Unsophisticated hack on 150 Subway franchises

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If you’ve used a credit card to pay at a Subway in the last couple of years, it turns out you may have paid more than you bargained for. Four Romanian hackers have recently been charged with stealing over 80,000 credit card details from 150 franchises of the American sandwich… Read more »

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LinkedIn privacy case dismissed

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A U.S. District Judge has recently thrown out a case against LinkedIn because it did not meet the “case or controversy” threshold required for a federal lawsuit to go forward. Last March, Kevin Low filed a privacy case against LinkedIn after he was “humiliated” by LinkedIn’s sharing of his Internet… Read more »

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Casino claims £37m fruit machine win was an error

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Gambler Behar Merlaku recently got a shock when his £37million fruit machine win was stripped from him by casino officials who claimed there was a “software error”. The 26-year-old was instead asked to accept £60 and a meal voucher from the Austrian casino or leave the premises. Refusing to accept… Read more »

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Adidas websites targeted in cyber attacks

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German sportswear manufacturer Adidas has recently taken its website content offline after suffering what it described as a ‘”sophisticated, criminal cyberattack.” The company says that there is no evidence the consumers’ data has been compromised and that the websites were quickly relaunched after additional security measures where put in place…. Read more »

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