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Rochdale Council breaches Data Protection Act with loss of memory stick

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Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council has become the latest local authority to be named and shamed after it lost an unencrypted memory stick that contained the details of 18,000 residents. According to ComputerWeekly.com, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has found the council in breach of the Data Protection Act but is… Read more »

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UK hosts cyber security conference in London

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According to the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), cyber attacks are now as big of a threat as international terrorism. The last year has seen a huge increase in the number of high-profile attacks and a greater diversification in who is targeted and why. It is thought that Russia and… Read more »

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Survey finds public skeptical of mobile payments

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A little skeptical of using your mobile phone to make payments? You’re not alone. Consumer research specialist Intersperience recently found that 83% of UK adult consumers would not want to use their mobiles as their wallet. And it’s no surprise that security was the top concern, with many people saying… Read more »

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MP caught binning private docs in St. James’ Park

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If National Identity Fraud Prevention Week is on your doorstep, it’s probably not best to get caught binning private documents in local park bins. Unfortunately for David Cameron’s chief policy advisor, Oliver Letwin, this is precisely what happened. Letwin was recently snapped throwing away constituents’ letters and other documents in… Read more »

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BT broadband crash causes businesses to suffer

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Hundreds of thousands of BT customers lost their internet connection thanks to a recent “power failure” at a major exchange in Birmingham, reports the BBC. The internet was down for approximately 5% of BT broadband users for 2-3 hours on a Monday afternoon. Businesses were especially affected by the crash… Read more »

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Hacker group defaces Blackberry blog

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To many, BlackBerry is just doing its part in helping to capture some of the hundreds of vandals and looters who attacked shops across Britain last week by handing over information recorded on BlackBerry Messenger. To hacker group TeaMp0isoN, however, it’s a different story. The group recently defaced Blackberry’s blog… Read more »

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Facebook facial recognition function under fire

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Facebook’s new(ish) tool to help speed up the tedious process of “tagging” photos has recently come under attack by the Hamburg Data Protection Authority (DPA). The facial recognition software is said to be in violation of German and EU privacy laws as it harvests biometric data. Facebook says that it… Read more »

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FSA suggests businesses turn their attention to data security

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We keep reading about it. Another story about a security breach, about a big company being hacked, about personal details stolen or sold and privacy intruded. That’s all we’re hearing on the news today and sorry to go on about it, but it is quickly becoming one of the greatest… Read more »

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Surrey County Council pays out £120k for data breaching emails

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Ever wish you could climb in your computer and retrieve a mistakenly sent email? Surrey Country Council probably has. The council has been fined £120k by the Information Commissioner’s Office for breaking the Data Protection Act. Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said the council had paid the price for failing to… Read more »

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IP theft tackled with new hub

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Following the recent government-backed study by the Office of Cyber Security (OCS) which estimated that the UK loses 27bn each year due to cybercrime, the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has backed the recommendation that a central hub for UK firms be developed for the reporting of cyber fraud. In… Read more »

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