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Mistake email from Thomson reveals customer travel dates, addresses

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It has been revealed that the well-known holiday company Thomson has experienced a data breach which compromised the personal details of around 500 of its customers. The BBC reports that an email which clearly revealed customer details such as name, address and flight date, was mistakenly sent out. This could… Read more »

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US man brings lawsuit against Ashley Madison, class actions follow

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An action has been commenced against Avid Life Media, the parent company of the now notorious website Ashley Madison, for its failure to secure the confidential data of its customers. The lawsuit is being brought by an individual identifying himself only as John Doe who is claiming damages for emotional… Read more »

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Report estimates majority of Social Security numbers stolen by hackers

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With stories about cyber attacks on in the rise in the media, industry experts are now able to report the emergence of certain trends. Personal data seems to be the key focus, including data that might be less overtly sensitive but could have longer term and far reaching security implications…. Read more »

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Beacon Health reveals 2013 hack

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Beacon Health Systems, a US-based health agency, has revealed that it was the target of cyber attacks as far back as late 2013. Beacon has claimed that there is no evidence that personal data accessed in these attacks has been misused by the hackers. Access was gained via employee email… Read more »

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Penn State computers compromised by Chinese hackers

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The President of Penn State University, Eric Barron, has announced in a letter to academic staff and students that Chinese hackers have had access to the computer systems within the University’s Department of Engineering for two years. The University is taking the security breach very seriously, disconnecting the whole network… Read more »

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Legal firms increasingly open to cyberattacks

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The vulnerability of many law firms to cyberattacks is now in clear view. A corollary piece of bad news is that most attorneys do not grasp their vulnerability to such attacks. Also worrying is that many lawyers do not understand their reporting responsibility when it comes to cybercrimes that may… Read more »

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Hack attacks affect British Airways frequent flyers, GitHub and Slack

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Customers of the British Airways frequent flyer program may have seen their points vanish recently after a cyber attack hit the large airline along with coding site GitHub and work chat service Slack. The BBC reports that some customers of BA’s Executive Club program started complaining that their points were… Read more »

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Target to pay out $10m following 2013 breach

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Following the large data breach it suffered in 2013, American department store Target has agreed to pay out $10m in damages to consumers. Pending court approval of the deal, each claimant will get up to $10,000. Part of the settlement also requires the company to improve its data security and… Read more »

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Report shows lack of cyber insurance amongst businesses

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A UK government report has revealed that only about 2% of UK firms have significant cyber insurance in place even though 81% suffered a security breach in some form in the last 12 months. It was also revealed that the vast majority of smaller firms weren’t even aware that cyber… Read more »

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Stolen laptops are the biggest cyber security problem

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What’s the number one thing that employees do to compromise the cyber security of the company they work for? A recent survey found that the loss of a laptop or other mobile device is actually the biggest problem for employers. Heavy investment into the data security of systems used within… Read more »

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