Tag Archives: consumer data

Big Brother isn’t watching you – or is he?

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“I know everything.” Inspector Clouseau once stated to a roomful of suspects. “And I know nothing.” The great French detective may seem an unlikely inspiration for the world’s largest tech company, but Apple claims to have found a solution to the anomaly of gathering information about its client base without… Read more »

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Poor security allows massive Canadian hack

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Hackers have stolen information relating to around 45 million accounts from VerticalScope, a Canadian media company. They have breached over one thousand support forums and online community websites on home, tech and sports – leaving millions of users’ records exposed. The massive breach, which took place in February, has only… Read more »

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Crooks take off with travel agency’s customer details

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A leading Japanese travel agency fears that cyber criminals may have stolen the personal details of nearly 8 million of their customers – including names, home and email addresses and, most worryingly, passport numbers. Using a common phishing scam, the hackers used a targeted email attack to access the agency’s… Read more »

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Surveillance, toys and other cyber news

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Cyber security issues are always hot news, and so far February has seen a number of high-profile cases. But some of the stories which, for some reason, go under the radar can be just as interesting. Here’s a round-up of lesser-known, not as well reported cyber stories: Let’s start with… Read more »

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Ransomware affecting hospital

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Attacks using ransomware is a growing trend amongst cyber criminals, and as such an increasing cyber security risk. In its simplest form, it is the practice of disabling a network or preventing access to it and demanding money in exchange for restored access. This can be devastating for commercial organisations… Read more »

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Cyber attack on IRS system

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The US government’s tax collection office, the Inland Revenue Service, has uncovered a cyber attack which affected thousands of US citizens. Hackers were able to manipulate computer systems to file several thousand applications for tax return pin codes. The Agency stated that the criminals had apparently used individual social security… Read more »

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Vtech data collection practices to be reviewed by Congress

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Digital toy-maker Vtech has been called to account by US authorities after data on children was harvested by cyber criminals in a high profile security breach. The company has been asked to explain how it gathers data, the content of the data it collects, and how it is stored. The… Read more »

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Wetherspoons website hit by small-scale hack attack

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Pub chain JD Wetherspoons has revealed that it has been the victim of a data hack and that card information from around 100 customers has been stolen. The company has described the breach as small-scale and stated that the data taken is not comprehensive enough to allow customer bank accounts… Read more »

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TalkTalk share price falls, but CEO maintains it will rally

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Shares for the troubled communications firm TalkTalk have fallen by 20% following recent news that their systems had been hacked and customer data stolen. TalkTalk’s Chief Executive Dido Harding has issued a robust statement maintaining that the company and its share values will recover in the longer term, and already… Read more »

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200,000 Comcast passwords reset after breach

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Comcast, an American company that provides internet and cable services, has revealed that nearly 600,000 customer email addresses and passwords associated with Comcast accounts were posted on the dark web. A Twitter user discovered the breach and notified IT security magazine CSO, but it seems that, when informed, Comcast were… Read more »

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