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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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Uber tried to conceal massive global data breach

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Most parents believe that rewarding bad behaviour is a recipe for disaster. The same principle surely applies to hackers, as best practice states that – generally – demands for ransom should not be met. Uber seems to have ignored this and, as recent revelations have shown, has gone ahead and… Read more »

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University perpetrates second data leak this year

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The communication of knowledge to students is an integral part of a university’s brief – but not when it’s confidential medical information on one of their staff members. The University of East Anglia has a history of accidentally leaking confidential health details. Earlier this year UEA circulated highly sensitive personal… Read more »

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