Return of the zip code drama as retailers battle with insurers

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The zip code drama is back again, but this time the battle is between retailers and insurers. In California, where earlier this year the Supreme Court ruled that obtaining zip codes from consumers at checkout violated state privacy statutes, two companies are now battling their insurance company, claiming that their… Read more »

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Breach victims are in good company

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Sony, you’re not alone. A recent report by Juniper has revealed the 90% of large enterprises have suffered some kind of data breach in the last year. This is a staggering statistic especially considering an increased amount of money spent on systems security with some companies reporting that a quarter… Read more »

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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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