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19Jul

Huawei cyber security evaluation centre: oversight board annual report 2018

This is the fourth annual report for the National Security Adviser from the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board. It has now completed its fourth full year of work and has covered a number of areas of HCSEC’s work over the course of the year 2017 to 2018. Read report here. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th July 2018
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  • cyber security, Gov UK, huawei, IT security, threat intelligence
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19Jul

City of London Police warn over fraudsters faking university orders

Companies supplying universities have been warned that fraudsters are faking domain names of educational institutions to defraud victims out of vast sums of money. According to Action Fraud, this type of fraud, known as European distribution fraud, happens when a company from overseas (usually from Europe) delivers products to the UK, but isn’t paid for the […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th July 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, fraud, hacking, IT security, risk management, Security, Universities
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18Jul

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse fined £200,000 for revealing identities of possible abuse victims in mass email

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been fined £200,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after sending a bulk email that identified possible victims of non-recent child sexual abuse. The Inquiry, set up in 2014 to investigate the extent to which institutions failed to protect children from sexual abuse, did not keep […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 18th July 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security, Insider threat, IT security
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17Jul

Mobile devices lost in London underline security risk

The security risk of lost mobile devices is underlined by the fact that almost 26,000 mobile phones and computing devices were lost in London in the past year alone.  Businesses are being urged to recognise the potential security risks of lost mobile phones and computing devices in the latest report from think tank Parliament Street. Read […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 17th July 2018
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  • cyber security. mobile security, London, mobile devices, Security, security risk
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16Jul

UK military must prioritise capabilities in cyber, space, electronic warfare and information operations

General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff, said that UK armed forces need to change “fundamentally” to keep up with new threats posed by Russia and other nation state actors. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 16th July 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber defence, Cyber Espionage, cyber security, cyber threat, risk management, Sir Nick Carter, UK Military
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13Jul

Investigation into Aberdeen City Council tax form data breach

An investigation is under way after hundreds of tax forms containing personal information were sent to the wrong staff at Aberdeen City Council. The local authority confirmed an “error” resulted in 947 P11D expenses and benefits forms being incorrectly issued last week. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th July 2018
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  • Aberdeen City Council, data breach, data protection, information security
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12Jul

Emma’s Diary faces fine for selling new mums’ data to Labour

A company that offers pregnant women and new parents health advice and gifts, faces a fine for illegally sharing more than a million people’s personal data with the Labour Party. The UK’s data watchdog intends to issue the owner of the Emma’s Diary service a £140,000 penalty. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th July 2018
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  • data protection, Data Watchdog, ICO, information security
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12Jul

Cost of UK Data Breaches Rises to £2.7m

The average cost of a data breach in the UK rose by 8% over the past year to reach nearly £2.7m, according to the latest IBM report. The 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study put the UK sum slightly lower than the global average of $3.9m (£3m) — in fact, US companies experienced the […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th July 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, information security
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10Jul

DCMS announces UK-France collaboration on AI, cyber security and net neutrality

The UK and France will hold a conference to foster the development of fast-moving technologies like artificial intelligence and cyber security, their governments have announced.  The conference will take place this year, and has been conceived to ‘foster cross-Channel collaboration between academics, industry and government’. Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Matt Hancock announced the […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th July 2018
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  • AI, Artificial Intelligence, cyber security, IoT, UK Gov
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09Jul

Timehop Breach Hits 21 Million Customers

Social media aggregation site Timehop has revealed a major breach of customers’ personal information affecting 21 million users. The firm claimed in a post over the weekend that it discovered a network intrusion on July 4, leading to the compromise of names, email addresses and phone numbers. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 9th July 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, GDPR, information security, Timehop
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06Jul

Banks given three months to report on how they respond to outages

UK banks and other financial services firms have been ordered to report on their ability to respond to IT outages and cyber attacks, and have been set a maximum acceptable time for systems to be down. The Bank of England (BoE) and the Financial Conduct Authority said firms under their remit must report their exposure to […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 6th July 2018
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  • BoE, cyber attack, cyber security, FCA, IT security
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05Jul

UK announces creation of London cybercrime court

The UK government has announced the creation of a specialist court to hear cases relating to cybercrime. The deal has been inked between the City of London Corporation and the judiciary and will result in the establishment of an 18-courtroom center, the UK government said on Wednesday. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 5th July 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, London, UK Gov
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05Jul

Company that failed to register with the ICO and failed to comply with an Information Notice is prosecuted

Noble Design and Build of Telford, Shropshire, which operates CCTV systems in buildings across Sheffield, broke data protection laws by failing to comply with an Information Notice. The company also failed to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), despite it being a criminal offence to do so. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 5th July 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security
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04Jul

How To Assess Payroll Risks

When assessing payroll risk, it is important to ensure such activity takes place as part of a broader enterprise-wide risk awareness exercise. This exercise needs to include a real understanding of risk tolerance and risk appetite because the scope of, and challenge posed by, payroll security has never been greater. Read full story.   
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 4th July 2018
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  • cyber security, data protection, GDPR, IT security, Mike Gillispie, risk assessment, Security
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03Jul

Gmail messages ‘read by third parties’

Google has confirmed that private emails sent and received by Gmail users can sometimes be read by third-party app developers. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd July 2018
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  • data protection, privacy
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03Jul

UK Government Sets Minimum Cybersecurity Standard

The UK government has launched a new cybersecurity standard designed to set a baseline of mandatory security outcomes for all departments. Read full story
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd July 2018
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  • cyber security, standards, UK Government
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03Jul

Ticketmaster Data Breach Could Equal GDPR Fines in Millions

It was announced this past weekend that Ticketmaster suffered a security breach, which reportedly included personal and payment information for 40,000 users in the United Kingdom. The company can now face millions in fines under the GDPR laws. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd July 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection
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03Jul

Whitbread Sounds Breach Alarm After PageUp Incident

Whitbread is the latest big-name company to have been affected by a breach at a popular third-party recruitment platform provider, it has emerged. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd July 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, Infosec
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03Jul

Fortnum & Mason shoppers’ details stolen in data breach

Fortnum & Mason has admitted that thousands of customers have had their personal data stolen in a cyber attack on the upmarket grocer. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd July 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, Infosec
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03Jul

NHS data breach affects 150,000 patients in England

The NHS is blaming a coding error for 150,000 patients in England being involved in a data breach. Those affected had requested that their confidential health information only be used to help provide them with care. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 3rd July 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, IT security, NHS
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02Jul

Buyers Toolkit now available on SCC’s website

Alastair Thomas here! Following user testing and stakeholder consultation, we are delighted to announce that the Buyers Toolkit guidance is now available for download from the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s website. The feedback received by the project team helped to fine tune some of the draft content. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd July 2018
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  • cctv, cyber security, data protection, GDPR, IT security, surveillance camera commissioner
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02Jul

Two-Fifths of UK CEOs See Cyber-Attacks as Inevitable

Less than 40% of UK CEOs believe a successful cyber-attack on their company is inevitable, far fewer than their global counterparts, according to new research from KPMG. The global consulting firm polled 1300 CEOs of “many of the world’s largest and most complex businesses,” including 150 UK business leaders. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd July 2018
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  • c suite, cyber attacks, cyber security, IT security
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02Jul

Just a third of Brits have a smart meter

Only a third of energy bill payers have a smart meter in their home, according to new survey. The survey, which has been published today by Igloo Energy, claims that despite huge efforts by the government and the sector to encourage take-up, only 34% of households have one. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd July 2018
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  • IoT Smart Meter, risk management, Smart Technology
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29Jun

ICO response to Ticketmaster cyber incident

“Organisations have a legal duty to ensure that people’s personal information is held securely. We have been made aware of an issue concerning Ticketmaster and will be making enquiries. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th June 2018
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  • cyber security, data protection, data security, ICO, information security, NCSC, Ticketmaster
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28Jun

UK government enforces minimum standards for cyber security

The UK government has published its first attempt at setting a minimum cyber security standard for public sector organisations: the inventively-named Minimum Cyber Security Standard (MCSS), which will be incorporated into the Government Functional Standard for Security. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 28th June 2018
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  • cyber security, information security, Infosec, IT security, UK Gov
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28Jun

Cyber Risk at All-Time High for UK Financial Sector

The proportion of financial services firms citing cyber-attacks as a major source of risk has hit an all-time high, according to the latest biannual survey from the Bank of England (BoE). The Bank’s Systemic Risk Survey for the first half of 2018 had cyber-incidents ranked joint second alongside geopolitical risk, with 62% citing them as […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 28th June 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber risk, cyber security, data protection, financial sector, IT security
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28Jun

Ticketmaster admits personal data stolen in hack attack

Ticketmaster has admitted that it has suffered a security breach, which the BBC understands has affected up to 40,000 UK customers. Malicious software on third-party customer support product Inbenta Technologies caused the hack, the firm said on Twitter. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 28th June 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, data breach, GDPR, NCSC, security breach, Third Party, Ticketmaster
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26Jun

A quarter of UK businesses think their cybersecurity isn’t up to scratch

More than half of UK’s large businesses have suffered a cybersecurity attack in the past 12 months, new findings have revealed. Based on a poll of 500 UK C-level executives, the report states that 53 per cent do not have a formalised protocol for cyber-attacks in place. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 26th June 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, IT security
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26Jun

European regulators report sharp rise in complaints after GDPR

The first month of GDPR has seen a sharp increase in the number of complaints to regulators across Europe, showing strong public interest in the new rules. The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) told the Guardian it has seen a rise in breach notifications from organisations, as well as more data protection complaints following the activation […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 26th June 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security
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26Jun

London cyber innovation centre opens

The government-funded London cyber innovation centre is set to open today and welcome the first cyber security businesses as a study reveals that a quarter of UK firms lack the right security technology. Digital secretary Matt Hancock will open the £13.5m government-funded London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (Lorca) today. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 26th June 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, cyber threats, IT security, Matt Hancock
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25Jun

The Minimum Cyber Security Standard

This is a new minimum set of cyber security standards that government expects departments to adhere to and exceed wherever possible. This was developed in collaboration with government departments, NCSC, GDS and industry in lieu of there being any existing baseline for protective cyber security measures across government. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 25th June 2018
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  • cyber defence, Cyber Essentials, cyber security, data protection, GDPR, IT security, NCSC, UK Gov
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22Jun

Dixons Carphone profits fall 24% amid warning of no quick fix

The new Dixons Carphone boss, Alex Baldock, has underlined his warning that fixing the retailer’s problems will take time, as he reported a 24% plunge in profits. The UK electricals and mobile phone retailer, which disclosed a huge data breach last week, has been hit by the lack of technical innovation in mobile phones, meaning […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 22nd June 2018
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  • Carphone Warehouse, data breach, data protection, Dixons, information security, Infosec
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22Jun

A Third of UK Orgs Have Sacked Employees for Data Breach Negligence

Almost a third of UK organizations have sacked an employee as a result of data breach negligence, according to new research from Shred-it’s Security Tracker report. The firm carried out a survey of three sample groups – 1000 small business owners, 1000 C-suite execs of large organizations and 1100 consumers/employees to expose security risks currently threatening […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 22nd June 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, hackers, information security, Infosec, Orgs, phishing
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21Jun

Press Release: UK-Poland security ties strengthened

The Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary will today (21 June) visit Warsaw to strengthen security, defence, and cyber ties with Poland. Boris Johnson and Gavin Williamson will join Jacek Czaputowicz and Mariusz Błaszczak in Helenow, near Warsaw, as UK-Poland ties go from strength-to-strength. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 21st June 2018
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  • cyber defence, cyber security, cyber threats, physical security, Security, UK Gov
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20Jun

Council demanded payment card details via email

A London council’s data protection efforts are under review after it told residents to email in their payment card details for parking bay suspensions via a Word document.  Islington Council had required residents to share the security code from the rear of their cards, as well as their address, among other details. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 20th June 2018
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  • cyber security, data protection, information security, Infosec
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20Jun

The House of Commons splurged £100k on ‘ludicrous’ GDPR training

The House of Commons spent £100,000 of taxpayers’ money on training for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was criticised by MPs as being “inaccurate,” “ludicrous” and “exaggerated,” documents have revealed. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 20th June 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, Government, information security, Infosec, IT security, regulation, risk management
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19Jun

French national behind UK data breach caught in Thailand

Europol has revealed details surrounding the arrest of a 25-year-old coder who allegedly helped to extort a British organisation. On May 18 the Royal Thai Police arrested the man based on a French international arrest warrant as part of a joint crackdown supported by Europol and the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th June 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, europol
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18Jun

Cyber Security Skills Immediate Impact Fund

The Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund pilot aims to increase the diversity and numbers of those working in the UK’s booming cyber security sector. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 18th June 2018
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  • cyber skills. cyber security, IT security, UK Gov
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13Jun

UK’s traffic control systems under threat from cyber attack, says commander of Joint Forces Command

The UK’s traffic control systems are under threat from cyber attack, the commander of Britain’s Joint Forces Command has said. General Sir Christopher Deverell warned road systems were one of several potential points that could be targeted by countries including Russia. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th June 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, Cyber space, cyber threat, Traffic Control Systems
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13Jun

Dixons Carphone admits huge data breach

Dixons Carphone has admitted a huge data breach involving 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records. It is investigating the hacking attempt, which began in July last year. Dixons Carphone said it had no evidence that any of the cards had been used fraudulently following the breach. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th June 2018
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  • Carphone Warehouse, cyber security, Data Breach. Data Protection, Dixons Carphone, hackers, information security
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12Jun

Yahoo! fined £250,000 after systemic failures put customer data at risk

Yahoo! UK Services Limited has been fined £250,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) following a cyber-attack in November 2014. The incident was publicly disclosed in September 2016, almost two years after it had taken place. Because of when the breach happened, the ICO’s investigation was carried out under the Data Protection Act 1998. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th June 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, data security, GDPR, ICO, information security, Infosec, yahoo!
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08Jun

Oath must swear to comply with GDPR after massive Yahoo data breach

Yahoo’s new owner, Oath, escapes fine from Irish data watchdog for breach that affected 500m people, but it must tighten up its systems. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has found against Yahoo in a data breach that affected the privacy of 500m people worldwide, including 39m EU citizens. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th June 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, GDPR, information security, Infosec, Oath, yahoo!
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04Jun

Ticketfly breach may have exposed data of 26 million customers

Event-ticketing company Ticketfly was still working to get back online Sunday, four days after a hacker reportedly hijacked the site and stole data from more than 26 million customers. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 4th June 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, ticketfly
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