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Dixons Carphone hit by major hack

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Embattled telecom and electrical retailer Dixons Carphone has been hit by a massive data breach – one of Britain’s biggest to date. The breach first began in July 2017, but the company has only now admitted to it publicly. The hack exposed over one million personal data records and nearly… Read more »

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US service company hit by data breach

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The Delaware-based Corporation Service Company, which supplies leading companies, banks and law firms with business services, has suffered a hack – resulting in over 5000 Californians losing personal information and payment data. The incursion took place in November 2017, when CSC detected that an intruder had penetrated its system and… Read more »

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University fined over student data breach

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The Information Commissioner’s Office has slapped a £120,000 fine on Greenwich University in South London for failing to protect the personal information of nearly 20,000 students. As well as names, addresses, birth dates, signatures and phone numbers, distressingly the data also included physical and mental health issues. As part of… Read more »

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US laws toughened on data breaches

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In an attempt to stem the current flow of data breaches, several US states are introducing new legislation to tighten up data protection. Prompted perhaps by the introduction of GDPR in Europe, state legislators in Delaware, Oregon, South Dakota and Alabama have all unveiled new data privacy laws. Canada is… Read more »

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SEC fines Yahoo $35m for data breach

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Yahoo’s failure to disclose its infamous 2014 data breach has now resulted in a $35 million fine from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). While the company has agreed to pay up, it is not actually admitting to any misconduct. Yahoo, which is now part of US telecoms giant… Read more »

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Household chores app hit by databreach

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On the face of it, Ikea’s recently-acquired TaskRabbit app is a godsend for busy people. It helps the time-poor to hire freelance gardeners, cleaners, home movers and even assemblers of flat-pack furniture. Unfortunately, it now appears that TaskRabbit has suffered a data breach. While the company investigates further, it is… Read more »

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GWR passengers derailed by data breach

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Railway crime has moved on since the days of Ronnie Biggs and Buster Edwards. Most recently, hackers have breached the accounts of passengers on Great Western Railway. Furthermore, the message sent out to affected customers by GWR caused further consternation – in case it was also a scam. Admittedly a… Read more »

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US states tighten up data breach legislation

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South Dakota is the latest US state to introduce a law specifying that any organisation which suffers a data breach must notify all affected parties. Forty-nine states are now signed up to this legislation – which covers personal details, financial data, health information, social security numbers, driving licences and biometric… Read more »

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Atlanta suffers ransomware attack

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The city of Atlanta, Georgia has been hit by a ransomware attack and data breach. While its critical infrastructure, systems and public services appear to be largely unaffected, the authorities are advising anyone who has conducted a recent financial transaction with the city to check that their financial and online… Read more »

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Games company zapped by data breach

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The US division of a Japanese video game developer and publisher has been hit by a major data breach. Customers of NIS America had their personal and financial details compromised in the early part of 2018. Between January 23rd and February 26th, hackers gained access to the addresses and payment… Read more »

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