Tag Archives: Privacy breach

Uber drivers used customer data to stalk

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Ward Spangenberg, a former information security specialist at Uber, has claimed in court that staff at the online taxi firm are using its vehicle-tracking technology to flout data protection and consumer privacy obligations by leaking information on the movements of politicians, celebrities, ex-lovers and employees. He also accuses Uber of… Read more »

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Don’t trust the Web of Trust

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The Web of Trust, a popular free web browser extension dedicated to privacy and security, has been selling on user data, according to German TV news reporters. Ironically for a plug-in that informs users whether websites are safe to visit, WOT has failed to ensure that the sensitive personal data… Read more »

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Vtech data collection practices to be reviewed by Congress

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Digital toy-maker Vtech has been called to account by US authorities after data on children was harvested by cyber criminals in a high profile security breach. The company has been asked to explain how it gathers data, the content of the data it collects, and how it is stored. The… Read more »

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Hackers access images of children in Vtech attack

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Hong Kong toy company Vtech has fallen victim to a hack attack which allowed the perpetrators to obtain images of customers’ children and also family addresses. Vtech have confirmed that as many as five million customers have been affected. Many Vtech products have cameras allowing the potential access to pictures… Read more »

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TalkTalk share price falls, but CEO maintains it will rally

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Shares for the troubled communications firm TalkTalk have fallen by 20% following recent news that their systems had been hacked and customer data stolen. TalkTalk’s Chief Executive Dido Harding has issued a robust statement maintaining that the company and its share values will recover in the longer term, and already… Read more »

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Two thousand British Gas logins posted online

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British Gas has revealed that account login information and passwords belonging to over 2,000 of its customers were posted online recently. Some unanswered questions remain, however, as British Gas has been quick to reassure affected customers that its secure systems were not breached by hackers but it has also said… Read more »

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Talk Talk latest victim of “significant” hack attack

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Personal and banking details belonging to up to four million customers are believed to have been stolen from phone and broadband provider Talk Talk in what is being called a “significant” hack attack. Customers are being advised to change their account password as soon as the company’s website is back… Read more »

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Study reveals privacy gaps in NHS-endorsed apps

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A recent study by students at Imperial College London has found that some health apps approved by the NHS sent personal data without encryption, thereby leaving users vulnerable to cyber hacking. These apps were meant to be watertight from a security viewpoint and have now been removed from circulation. Some… 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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St. Louis Cardinals accused of hacking rival team

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Allegations have been made that the well-known US baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals, has hacked into the computer systems of a rival club in order to access player data. With the hack now under investigation by the FBI, neither the Cardinals nor the Houston Astros, the rival club in… Read more »

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