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Customers’ biometric data breached

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The stated mission of US payment kiosk vendor Avanti Markets is ‘to fundamentally transform the unattended retail market experience through innovative thinking, the use of technology and great customer service’. Unfortunately, these fine principles have been somewhat undermined by a malware breach that has placed its customers’ personal data, payment… Read more »

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Government cybersecurity certification scheme hacked

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Cyber Essentials is a UK government-backed scheme which provides cybersecurity advice and support for organisations. One would imagine, therefore, that it is red hot on its own data security? Apparently not, as the body has just suffered a breach exposing the names and email addresses of consultancies cleared to work… Read more »

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Sensitive intelligence data now available on Amazon

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US intelligence agencies are suffering so many leaks these days, they probably don’t know whether to call out a cyber security expert or an emergency plumber (*ba-dum tsh*). The latest debacle involves the exposure of 28GB of intelligence data from the Pentagon’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on a public Amazon… Read more »

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Target pays price for poor security

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The US retail behemoth Target has agreed to pay $18.5m as compensation for the 2013 data breach that affected over 60m of its customers and 41m payment card accounts across 48 states. Hackers used stolen credentials to exploit weaknesses in the company’s system, allowing them to infiltrate a customer service… Read more »

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Canadian telecom company suffers data breach

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Canada’s largest telecoms company, Bell Canada, has suffered a major hack which has resulted in the theft of the personal details of 2m account holders – 10% of its customer base. The communications giant was quick to reassure its customers that no payment card numbers or passwords appear to have… Read more »

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US healthcare security showing signs of recovery

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2016 was a bumper year for healthcare data breaches in the US, with 328 medical businesses suffering security failures – up from 268 in 2015. The stats for 2017 are more encouraging however, showing a decrease in the number of leaked records in the year so far. The worst case… Read more »

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Unsolicited emails or data sharing?

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No one likes unsolicited mail. So, on the face of it, Unroll.me’s inbox decluttering service looks like a godsend – except that by giving it access to your account you are laying yourself open to even more invasion of your privacy. And it’s not just Unroll.me that passes on users’… Read more »

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Android forum hacked

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Android is playing down the severity of the recent attack on its popular Android Forums servers. While acknowledging the hack, the mobile operating system is quick to point out that the breach only affected a small percentage of its users and that a limited amount of data was accessed. Nevertheless,… Read more »

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Start securing databases to stop data breaches

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Poorly secured databases are emerging as one of the biggest contributors to major data breaches. Culprits-in-chief are open-source NoSQL databases – you may recall several breaches involving MongoDB databases in the past year. NoSQL non-relational databases are quick, flexible and easy to use; but therein lies part of the problem,… Read more »

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Holidaymakers exposed after ABTA hack

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The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) is the latest organisation to take a cyber hit, exposing the personal details of thousands of UK travelers and hundreds of tour operators and travel agents after an attack on its hosting provider. While ABTA claims that it has the problem under control,… Read more »

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