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Fasten Database Error Exposed One Million Customers

A popular US ride-hailing service has become the latest firm to publicly expose customer details after researchers found data on an estimated one million users of the service and thousands of drivers. The privacy snafu came as a result of…
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Forever 21 Confirms Data Breach

Fashion retailer Forever 21 has confirmed there has been unauthorized access to data from payment cards used at some of its stores. The company is notifying its customers that it recently received a report from a third party that about the…
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Huddle's 'Highly Secure' Work Tool Exposed KPMG and BBC Files

The BBC has discovered a security flaw in the office collaboration tool Huddle that led to private documents being exposed to unauthorised parties. A BBC journalist was inadvertently signed in to a KPMG account, with full access to private…
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Equifax Profits Sink 27% Following Breach

Under-fire credit agency Equifax has seen profits tumble 27% year-on-year and costs spike by tens of millions during the previous quarter following a major data breach at the company revealed in September. Third quarter profits stood at $96.3m,…
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University of East Anglia Suffers Second Leak of 2017

The University of East Anglia has suffered its second serious data leak this year after personal details of a member of staff were sent to 300 postgraduate students. The incident seems to have happened when an administrator accidentally used…
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WhatsApp: How the Supermarket Voucher Scam Works

Scammers have used WhatsApp to trick people into handing over personal information by tempting them with bogus supermarket vouchers. The messenger app was used to send fake vouchers to people, purporting to be from trusted chains such as Asda,…
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ICO Survey Shows Most UK Citizens Don’t Trust Organisations with Their Data

The ICO’s Deputy Commissioner will be reminding organisations to be transparent with people’s personal data after a survey revealed a significant deficit of trust that organisations must address if they want to innovate with personal information. The…
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2 Million Tarte Cosmetics Users Exposed in Latest Misconfig

Popular cruelty-free brand Tarte Cosmetics, found online and at major retailers like Sephora and Ulta, has become the latest company to misconfigure a database (actually two), exposing personal information for nearly two million customers to…
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Heathrow Airport USB Alert Highlights Insider Threat

A major security alert sparked when a USB containing top secret information on Heathrow Airport was found in a London street, highlights the risks associated with the insider threat and the importance of encryption, according to experts. A…
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ICO Issues £80,000 Fine to Unlawful Data Supplier

A firm trading in people’s personal information and describing itself as ‘the UK’s Premier Lead Generation Provider’ has been fined £80,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Verso Group (UK) Limited failed to comply…