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Hackers steal 8.3 million user records from 123RF
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Hackers steal 8.3 million user records from 123RF

Stolen data contained users’ names, addresses, hashed passwords
13 Nov 2020
Ticketmaster fined £1.25 million for 2018 data breach
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Ticketmaster fined £1.25 million for 2018 data breach

The incident affected 9.4 million customers and led to at least 60,000 instances of fraud
13 Nov 2020
46 million Animal Jam accounts leaked after comms software breach
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46 million Animal Jam accounts leaked after comms software breach

Billing data, email addresses, user names, and encrypted passwords all leaked to the dark web
13 Nov 2020
DWP exposed 6,000 people’s data online for two years
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DWP exposed 6,000 people’s data online for two years

The National Insurance numbers of thousands of individuals applying for disability benefit were left online
11 Nov 2020
Hotel booking firm exposes data on "millions" of guests
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Hotel booking firm exposes data on "millions" of guests

Reservation platform used by Hotels.com, Booking.com and Expedia left sensitive data exposed on a misconfigured AWS S3 bucket
9 Nov 2020
Over 23,000 hacked databases shared over Telegram and Discord
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Over 23,000 hacked databases shared over Telegram and Discord

Around 13 billion user files are believed to be circulating on hacker forums
5 Nov 2020
Customer payment details stolen in JM Bullion hack
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Customer payment details stolen in JM Bullion hack

Malicious code was embedded on the site for six months and captured personal and payment information
3 Nov 2020
Marriott International fined £18.4m for 2014 data breach
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Marriott International fined £18.4m for 2014 data breach

The decision to issue a substantially lower fine once again raises questions as to the effectiveness of GDPR enforcement
30 Oct 2020
36 billion personal records exposed by hacks in 2020 so far
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36 billion personal records exposed by hacks in 2020 so far

The tally smashes 2019’s record, despite a decline in the number of security incidents
29 Oct 2020
Hackers demand ransom from therapy patients after clinic data breach
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Hackers demand ransom from therapy patients after clinic data breach

Vastaamo CEO Ville Tapio was reportedly fired for obscuring information about the incident for more than two years
27 Oct 2020
Amazon sacks employee over data breach
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Amazon sacks employee over data breach

The worker leaked customer email addresses to an unidentified third-party
27 Oct 2020
Insider data breaches set to increase due to remote work shift
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Insider data breaches set to increase due to remote work shift

Forrester expects internal incidents to cause a third of breaches next year, an 8% increase compared to 2020
26 Oct 2020
British Airways dodges £183 million data breach fine after coronavirus disruption
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British Airways dodges £183 million data breach fine after coronavirus disruption

The Information Commissioner's Office will now fine the airline £20 million for a data breach that affected over 400,000 customers
16 Oct 2020
FOI requests reveal "thousands" of government data breaches
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FOI requests reveal "thousands" of government data breaches

Government departments reported scores of breaches and made numerous notifications to the ICO between 2019 and 2020
13 Oct 2020
Webhose and Signal Corp boost data breach detection
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Webhose and Signal Corp boost data breach detection

Webhose will send dark web data to Signal Corp, allowing it to detect breaches early and alert enterprises
7 Oct 2020
H&M fined £32 million for intrusive employee surveillance
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H&M fined £32 million for intrusive employee surveillance

German wing of the fashion retailer violated GDPR by chronicling and sharing employee holiday experiences
2 Oct 2020
Airbnb glitch exposed hosts' personal data
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Airbnb glitch exposed hosts' personal data

The company has blamed a "technical issue" for the leak that saw hosts' data made available to others
29 Sep 2020
British 'Dark Overlord' hacker jailed for five years in the US
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British 'Dark Overlord' hacker jailed for five years in the US

Nathan Wyatt is the only member of the prolific hacking group to be identified
22 Sep 2020
Data breach exposes details of 18,000 people who tested positive for COVID-19
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Data breach exposes details of 18,000 people who tested positive for COVID-19

Human error sees Welsh residents' details leaked for 20 hours on a public-facing server
15 Sep 2020
The IT Pro Podcast: The myth of reputational damage
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The IT Pro Podcast: The myth of reputational damage

Is reputational damage from a data breach really worth worrying about?
10 Sep 2020
Former Uber CSO charged for data breach cover-up
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Former Uber CSO charged for data breach cover-up

Joseph Sullivan allegedly paid $100,000 to conceal the ride-hailing firm's 2016 data breach
21 Aug 2020
Marriott faces class-action lawsuit over 2018 data breach
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Marriott faces class-action lawsuit over 2018 data breach

The lawsuit is seeking compensation for the hotel's UK-based customers involved in the breach
19 Aug 2020
Hackers target the world’s biggest cruise operator with ransomware
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Hackers target the world’s biggest cruise operator with ransomware

The P&O parent company says it expects that cyber criminals accessed the personal data of guests and employees
18 Aug 2020
The Ritz suffers data breach after hackers pose as staff
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The Ritz suffers data breach after hackers pose as staff

Credit card fraudsters potentially compromised the personal data of guests visiting the five-star hotel
17 Aug 2020