Scam impersonating WhatsApp offers “free internet”

A scam on WhatsApp is offering to give away 1000GB of internet data to its victims, in order to harvest users’ clicks.  Researchers from cybersecurity firm ESET, received a message on WhatsApp, offering to give away 1000 GB of internet data to celebrate WhatsApp’s 10th anniversary.  As well as the message, the URL that came […]

Hacker detained after cyber-attack exposes over 100m US citizens

A targeted cyber-attack on Capital One has led to the theft of around 106 million individuals’ data, the company has confirmed. The victims of the theft are thought to be residents in Canada and the US. The public announcement comes after the arrest earlier this week of the hacker suspected of being behind the hit […]

Cyber-attack on Sure leads to bank details data breach

A cyber-attack on mobile phone firm Sure has led to the theft of bank details and personal data belonging to hundreds of the company’s workers. It is believed the data breach happened through a targeted phishing attack on Sure employees. Among information compromised are workers’ names, residential addresses, sort codes and account numbers, with current […]

Cyber-dissident jailed in China for allegedly divulging state secrets

A civil rights activist known as the first “cyber-dissident” in China has been sentenced to 12 years in jail by a Chinese court, reports reveal. A website named 64 Tianwang was created by Huang Qi in order to expose alleged abuses of human rights and to champion protests. The site is blocked on China’s mainland. […]

Midwest Can hit with lawsuit for allegedly violating Illinois BIPA

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Midwest Can Company LLC and Container Specialties Inc.  The plaintiff, Michael Wydra filed a class action complaint in Cook County Circuit Court, against the company for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).  Wydra stated that when working as a fabricator for the defendants July […]

Data authorities Down Under to monitor big tech algorithms

Data privacy regulators in Australia will begin putting algorithms created by the likes of Google and Facebook under the microscope. The heightened scrutiny over the learning processes of the tech giants will help cyber-specialists in Australia work how out the firms use data to target users with advertising. A new office has been established within […]

WiseTech boss says data privacy is a human right

 The CEO of data logistics giant, WiseTech, has spoken out of how data privacy will become a human right. Speaking at the Australian Financial Review Innovation Summit, WiseTech chief Richard White said how a report into digital platforms conducted by the Australian regulator will result in data privacy being considered as a human right. White, […]

English Whiskey Company database leaked online

The Elastic database contained 26,400 records, to which the majority of them were member accounts.  Security researcher, Jeremiah Fowler from Security Discovery discovered the database on May 29th. In a blog post, he wrote that the database, named Martha Johansson, belonged to English Whiskey Co of Ltd Norwich, UK.  The Elastic database was open and […]

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to improve data handling

In June, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) revealed that the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) had put pen to paper to commit to improving the way it handles customer data. The court-enforceable undertaking signed by the OAIC followed two potential data breach incidents taking place in Australia. The first of these related […]

Sephora customers’ in Southeast Asia & New Zealand hit by data breach

Sephora emailed its customers informing them of the data breach that occured two weeks ago.  The data breach impacted some customers using Sephora’s online services in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.  Sephora revealed that some of the personal information that may have been exposed to unauthorised third parties […]