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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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Department of Homeland Security not so secure

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The US Department of Homeland Security’s avowed intent is to ‘secure the nation from the many threats we face’. It’s ironic, therefore, that the DHS has accidentally leaked the Social Security numbers, bank and credit card information, addresses and emergency contact details of over 20,000 of its current and former… Read more »

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Tax office error gives access to confidential files

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An embarrassing security breach at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue has allowed unauthorised parties to view the private tax affairs of over 16,000 local businesses – in some cases those of their competitors. While the breach remained open for six months until it was closed towards the end of January,… Read more »

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OnePlus hit by data breach

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has admitted that 40,000 of its customers have suffered credit card losses as the result of a breach to one of its systems. The accident-prone handset company has responded swiftly to the incursion; eliminating the malicious script, quarantining the compromised server and tightening up security in… Read more »

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Phishing pages become even more convincing

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If you believe you’re safe from online fraud or phishing attacks because you only browse websites which have EV SSL certificates, you are – sadly – wrong. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. Extended Validation… Read more »

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Firefox to launch breach alert

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Mozilla engineers are planning to release a new feature in the Firefox web browser which automatically notifies users when they visit a site that has previously been compromised by a data breach. Working in conjunction with the Have I Been Pwned website that allows internet users to check if their… Read more »

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