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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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Home Depot settles lawsuit with banks

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By Craig Dunn, Cyber Analyst Last Friday (10 March 2017) Home Depot agreed to pay $25 million to issuing banks for damages resulting from the 56 million payment card data breach it suffered in 2014. The settlement comes in addition to $134.5 million in card brand assessments already paid to… Read more »

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The GDPR: how will it change UK businesses’ approach to cyber?

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By Graeme Newman, Chief Innovation Officer Only a few weeks ago, it emerged that popular high-street retailer Sports Direct had suffered a cyberattack, resulting in the names, emails, postal addresses and phone numbers of some 30,000 staff members being stolen. Yet, whilst internal systems detected the intrusion in September, the… Read more »

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Boeing employee emails personal data of 36k colleagues

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If Boeing had used its own Cipher data loss protection software, it wouldn’t have mattered when an employee accidentally emailed his wife a spreadsheet containing the personal data of 36,000 colleagues – including their Social Security number and date of birth. Seriously, the software’s product information even states that “Boeing… Read more »

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Yahoo cookies not very palatable

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Attention all Yahoo account holders – you are not out of the woods yet. The cyber crooks who famously hacked Yahoo in 2015 and 2016 (and possibly 2013 too) succeeded in forging its website’s session cookies, which allowed them to log into potentially one billion user accounts without even needing… Read more »

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Sports Direct employees get a cyber kicking

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As if being paid below the minimum wage and working in Dickensian conditions isn’t enough, a hushed-up cyber attack on Sports Direct in September last year has resulted in employees’ sensitive personal data being filched. The data breach includes names, addresses, email and telephone numbers. You know, just the basics… Read more »

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Gamers suffer data breach

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If you have have teenage children – or heck, if you like a bit of gaming yourself – you may want to take note. It has been reported that, back in September 2015, an unidentified hacker exposed the account passwords, email and IP addresses of over 2.5m Xbox 360 and… Read more »

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Oops! Yahoo did it again

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To misquote Lady Bracknell, “For Yahoo to be hacked once may be regarded as a misfortune; to be hacked twice looks like carelessness.” Not content with having 500k user accounts breached in 2014, it now appears that more than one billion could have suffered the same fate a year earlier… Read more »

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The cyber crimes that escaped the limelight

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Just as politicians like to use a big disaster story to divert attention from their smaller gaffes, so the massive Yahoo debacle has allowed a number of other security breaches to slip under the radar. As well as the previously chronicled attack on a nuclear power plant, a hacker has… Read more »

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Users relaxed about being hacked

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New research from the RAND Corporation suggests that consumers whose security data has been compromised by hackers generally stick with the same service provider, with only half of them even bothering to change their passwords. As long as the company keeps them informed and seems to be taking remedial action,… Read more »

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