US University sued for data breach from 2008

Yale University is being taken to court following the discovery of two data breaches that occurred a decade ago. Hackers infiltrated the Ivy League’s databases between April 2008 and January 2009, stealing names, social security numbers, email addresses, birth dates, and physical addresses. Two lawsuits have now been filed claiming damages for the incidents. Officials […]

Facebook data breach down to spammers seeking cash

Facebook has announced that its recent data hack was down to spammers aiming to cash in on user data, not a foreign government attack, as was first suspected. The attempted theft, which was discovered and subsequently disclosed to regulatory authorities at the end of September, was initially thought to have affected 50m user accounts. The […]

US regulator issues record data breach fine

US regulator issues record data breach fine The second-biggest health insurer in the US has been hit by a record-breaking $1.6m penalty for a data privacy breach dating back to 2015. Anthem, which is based in Indianapolis, suffered a cyber-attack three years ago which compromised the personal information of almost 80 million individuals. Details accessed […]

Facebook hack victims fewer than first thought

Automated software led to hackers accessing the private information of 29 million Facebook users in last week’s highly publicised data breach, Reuters reports. GDPR:Report last week described how the social media giant’s most recent data privacy transgression was thought to have compromised in the region of 50 million accounts’ details, but the number of people […]