Regulators investigate Desjardins data breach

An investigation has been launched by two Canadian privacy monitors into the Desjardins Group data breach that impacted around three million group members. The probes, conducted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the equivalent office in Quebec, will explore Desjardins’ level of compliance to federal and provincial data regulation in the […]

Fraudio: Cyber-criminals fake boss voices to steal money

Millions have pounds have been stolen from a security firm through a “deepfaked” audio hacking campaign, reports reveal. Software security firm, Symantec, says it has been the victim of three “deepfake” attacks – a method whereby hackers use AI technology to manufacture other people’s voices to trick listeners into following instructions. In this case, a […]

Looking at the current state of data security

The following staggering numbers were revealed by digital security specialists Gemalto: 3.35 billion – the number of data records that were compromised worldwide in the first half 2018 alone. 214 – the number of data records that are lost or stolen every second. 72% – the jump in the number of records compromised in 2018 […]

Customer email addresses exposed in E.On email blunder

E.On has apologised after an automatic mass email inadvertently sent customers the addresses of hundreds of other customers at the energy supplier. The messages, which held requests for energy consumers’ meter readings, should have been delivered to each individual customer. However, each email also bore the details of a further 497 E.On customer names. The […]

Spize website fined SG$20K following data breach

Data regulators in Singapore have issued a takeaway restaurant, Spize, with a fine of SG$20K (£11,736) for a data breach and several further data law transgressions. Singapore’s data regulator, the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) was told by a member of public on 12th August 2017 that personal data was publicaly accessible through the Spize […]

The most effective firewall: your people

An alarming number of cyber security reports are surfacing, showing how unprepared private and public sector organisations are to handle the current level of security threat. A new Commons report just this month revealed that the UK is more vulnerable to cyber attacks than ever before. But it’s not just the threat from the outside that leaders […]

7 out of 10 Britons call for tougher punishment when companies flout data privacy

More than a year on from the scandal in which 87 million unauthorised Facebook users’ details were shared with Cambridge Analytica, 71% of UK adults want tougher action in penalising companies that abuse our data privacy by misusing third party data. This is according to new research from YouGov*, with more than 2000 UK adults […]

ICO intends to fine British Airways £183m for data breach

British Airways could face a fine of £183 million as a result of a data breach that was disclosed by the airline on 6th September 2018.  According to Sky News, the carrier today said that it had received notification from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) of the regulator’s intention to issue BA with the record-breaking […]

Data protection authority fines Marriott hotels for data breach

Regulators in Turkey have issued Marriott International with an administrative fine of TL 1.5 million (£213,122) due to the impact of the hotel chain’s five-year-long data breach on the country’s citizens. The data breach, which affected millions of guests globally who were listed on Marriott International’s Starwood Division database, compromised the private data of 1.2 […]

Police data-share put King’s College London in breach of GDPR

A review of cyber-security procedures has concluded that King’s College London violated EU data laws when it shared personal and private data of politically active students with police authorities. King’s College London (KCL) has now handed itself into the Information Commissioner’s Office. The review also concluded that none of the data subjects had “been part […]