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CPS Fined £325,000 After Losing Victim Interview Videos

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been fined £325,000 by the ICO after they lost unencrypted DVDs containing recordings of police interviews. The DVDs contained recordings of interviews with 15 victims of child sex abuse, to be used…
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PGP: 'Serious' Flaw Found in Secure Email Tech

A widely used method of encrypting emails has been found to suffer from a serious vulnerability, researchers say. PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) is a data encryption method sometimes added to programs that send and receive email. Details about…
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Record $120m Fine for Nuisance Robocalls

A man has been fined a record-breaking $120m (£88m) for making more than 90 million automated marketing telephone calls in the US. Miami salesman Adrian Abramovich was accused of trying to sell holidays and timeshare properties with the unsolicited…
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IBM Workers Banned From Using USB Sticks

Staff at IBM have been banned from using removable memory devices such as USB sticks, SD cards and flash drives. The possibility of "financial and reputational" damage if staff lost or misused the devices prompted the decision, reported The…
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Durham Sixth Form Centre Paid Ransom After Cyber-attack

A school paid out £1,500 in ransom money after it fell victim to a cyber-attack, the BBC has learned. Durham Sixth Form Centre was hit in the run-up to exams in April 2017 when a computer virus encrypted college files which contained students'…
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Australian Bank Lost Data of 20m Accounts

Australia's Commonwealth Bank has admitted losing the bank records of almost 20 million people. Names, addresses, account numbers and statements were stored on two magnetic tapes which were meant to be destroyed by a subcontractor in 2016. But…
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Twitter Tells Users to Change Their Passwords

Twitter has warned its 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch exposed some in plain text on its internal network. The social network said an internal investigation had found no indication passwords were stolen or misused…
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Stockport Firms Fined for Nuisance Calls and Spam Texts

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined two firms in Stockport for disrupting the public with nuisance marketing. IAG Nationwide Limited has been fined £100,000 for making more than 69,000 calls to people registered with…
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Data Firm, AIQ, May Face Legal Action in UK

The UK's Information Commissioner is considering legal action against Canadian data firm AggregateIQ (AIQ). It follows testimony from co-founder Jeff Silvester to Canadian MPs in which he claimed to be co-operating with the watchdog's inquiry…
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Flaws Found in Millions of Hotel Door Locks

Millions of electronic door locks fitted to hotel rooms worldwide have been found to be vulnerable to a hack. Researchers say flaws they found in the equipment's software meant they could create "master keys" that opened the rooms without leaving…