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Macy’s hit by data breach

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Macy’s, the iconic US retailer, and its sister department store Bloomingdales have suffered a data breach. While only a relatively small number of the store’s online customers are affected, the attackers have had access to their account passwords and user names for nearly two months. The breached data includes names,… Read more »

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US healthcare company hacked

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The hard-pressed healthcare sector has suffered yet another cybersecurity setback. It looks as if a hack on US healthcare billing claims vendor Med Associates has penetrated the medical records of more than quarter of a million patients. The attack took place in March, through a member of staff’s workstation. Med… Read more »

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US service company hit by data breach

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The Delaware-based Corporation Service Company, which supplies leading companies, banks and law firms with business services, has suffered a hack – resulting in over 5000 Californians losing personal information and payment data. The incursion took place in November 2017, when CSC detected that an intruder had penetrated its system and… Read more »

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US laws toughened on data breaches

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In an attempt to stem the current flow of data breaches, several US states are introducing new legislation to tighten up data protection. Prompted perhaps by the introduction of GDPR in Europe, state legislators in Delaware, Oregon, South Dakota and Alabama have all unveiled new data privacy laws. Canada is… Read more »

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Russians may have reaped Facebook users’ data

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As in any good espionage story, the plot of the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data mining scandal becomes thicker by the minute. It now seems possible that the details of the 87 million Facebook users harvested by the now-defunct British political consultancy could now be in the hands of the Russians. Testifying… Read more »

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SEC fines Yahoo $35m for data breach

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Yahoo’s failure to disclose its infamous 2014 data breach has now resulted in a $35 million fine from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). While the company has agreed to pay up, it is not actually admitting to any misconduct. Yahoo, which is now part of US telecoms giant… Read more »

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Something fishy about gambling house security

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The latest example of Internet of Things vulnerability is the hacking of a casino through the thermostat in its fish tank. The attackers gained control of a database of high-stake clients by using the tank’s internet-connected heating system to access the casino network. With an increasing number of everyday appliances… Read more »

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Are cyber battle lines the new nuclear deterrent?

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It seems that much of the next Cold War will be fought online. Security agencies in Britain and the US are working together to counter the increasing Russian penetration into western cyber networks. At the same time, the allies are infiltrating Russia’s own systems – so that they are in… Read more »

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Verizon’s ransomware predictions come true

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Back in 2013 US telecoms giant Verizon predicted that ransomware would become the malware of choice for hackers into the future. Its 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report confirms that this prophecy has come true – due to its low risk for attackers, effectiveness against big business and government bodies and… 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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