Trickbot ransomware distributor taken offline following court order, says Microsoft

An infamous botnet and distributor of ransomware has been taken offline following a US court order, Microsoft has said. Trickbot, which is estimated to have infected one million computing devices around the world since 2016, was disrupted following an order from the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Tom Burt, Corporate Vice […]

PWC Middle East launches DIFC-backed data protection compliance tool

PwC Middle East has launched a data privacy assessment tool to help companies in Dubai comply with new data protection legislation. The tool, which has been supported by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) provides organisations with bespoke reports outlining their current status against key requirements of the law, which became enforceable on 1 October. […]

The UK’s Department for Education ‘failed to protect children’s data’

A National Pupil Database held by the UK’s Department of Education had ‘no formal proactive oversight’ to protect children’s data, the Information Commissioner’s Office has found.  The ICO concluded in its compulsory audit this week that DfE had ‘no formal proactive oversight of any function of information governance’ relating to data for millions of children. […]

CJEU ruling poses threat to UK adequacy decision post-Brexit

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) yesterday ruled that the scope of European fundamental rights to privacy, data protection and freedom of expression extends to mass data retention and collection for national security purposes. In judgments for three cases concerning the UK, France and Belgium, the Court found that despite national security […]

Police confirm sex crime victims’ data leaked by Greater Manchester Police in test gone wrong

Highly sensitive data including the names and addresses of thousands of victims was accidentally leaked by Greater Manchester Police (GMP), police confirm.  GMP is under investigation after it was reported that an anonymous whistleblower, whose information was passed to The Mill by an intermediary, accused the Force of accidentally publishing highly sensitive police data online […]