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Gordon Ramsay was hacked… by his father-in-law

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Mothers-in-law often receive the bulk of bad press but in the case of irascible celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, it’s his father-in-law who is the villain of the piece. As the conclusion of a rather public family feud, Chris Hutcheson has been given a six month jail sentence for hacking into… 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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Ex-employee’s scam backfires

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Not content with launching an unsophisticated payroll scam on his employers’ computer system, a Californian security officer had another go at them after he had been sacked. Having stumbled upon the credentials for the company’s payroll system, the officer began logging himself in for unworked hours of overtime. Once this… Read more »

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Your headphones are leaking… personal data

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Leading US audio equipment company Bose has been taken to court for allegedly using its smartphone application to collect personally identifiable information on users. Having harvested the listener’s personal details through its Bose Connect app, it is apparently selling on the data to third parties. Most people won’t be too… Read more »

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Home Depot settles lawsuit with banks

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By Craig Dunn, Cyber Analyst Last Friday (10 March 2017) Home Depot agreed to pay $25 million to issuing banks for damages resulting from the 56 million payment card data breach it suffered in 2014. The settlement comes in addition to $134.5 million in card brand assessments already paid to… Read more »

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School fires IT admin, loses access to emails

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First rule of HR etiquette – never fire your IT staff without making sure you can access your computer system without them. The American College of Education in Indiana neglected this elementary piece of tech logic when they dismissed their IT Administrator a while back. After his departure, the college… Read more »

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Yahoo sued over ‘biggest data breach in history’

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A class action lawsuit has been filed against Internet giant Yahoo for gross negligence. Yahoo suffered a massive data breach in 2014 that affected over 500 million user accounts. A purported state-sponsored actor compromised sensitive user information; including names, email addresses, phone numbers, birth dates and encrypted passwords. The lawsuit… 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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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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