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Credit bureau suffers massive data breach

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Equifax, one of the big three international consumer credit reporting agencies, has recently become the victim of one of the largest data breaches ever. Equifax collects and aggregates information on over 820 million individual consumers and more than 91 million businesses worldwide. It appears that cyber crooks have gained access… Read more »

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Popular second hand tech retailer hacked

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In the old days, robbers and looters would break into an electronics store and make off with TVs, camcorders, stereos and whatever else they could carry. In the modern world they just steal its customers’ identities. CeX, a major retailer of second hand technology and computer games headquartered in London’s… Read more »

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US healthcare giant suffers another data breach

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Hot on the heels of one of the largest pay-outs in data breach history (a cool $115m to cover the credit monitoring of some 79 million individuals), Anthem Inc – the number one provider of health insurance in America – has admitted to another haemorrhage of sensitive information on over… Read more »

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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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