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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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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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How to Backup and Erase Your iPad/iPhone

Making a back up via your iPad or iPhone: 1 - Connect your device to Wi-Fi. 2 - Plug your device into a power source. 3 - Go to Settings. 4 - Select your account at the top of the settings menu. (see below image) 5 - Select…
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Ransomware Infects Ukraine Government Site

Hackers have used ransomware to take the website of Ukraine's energy ministry offline and encrypt its files. The website currently contains a message written in English, demanding a ransom of 0.1 bitcoin - worth $927.86 (£664.98) by today's…
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Police Force Fined £130,000 For Losing Rape Victim Interview

Humberside Police has been fined £130,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after disks containing a video interview of an alleged rape victim went missing. The three unencrypted disks and accompanying paperwork were left…
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Aadhaar: 'Leak' in World's Biggest Database Worries Indians

Indian officials in charge of a controversial biometric identity scheme have filed a police complaint after a report that citizens' personal details were being sold for as little as 500 rupees ($7.8;£5.8) online. The Unique Identification…
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Oxford & Cambridge Club Members Face Hard Disk Theft

Members of an exclusive club restricted to selected graduates of Oxford and Cambridge universities are being warned that computer data containing their personal details is feared stolen. The Sunday Telegraph reported that the club believed a…
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Global Bank Data Destruction - 14,000 Tapes!

This month we were approached by one of our global banking clients with a data destruction project.  Our client tasked us with the destruction of over 14,000 tapes, the first batch of over 200,000 which will be destroyed as part of an ongoing…
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Bradford-based Bank & London Advertising Firm Fined Over Illegal Marketing

A bank is among the latest firms to be fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for sending illegal marketing texts and emails. Vanquis Bank Limited, based in Bradford, instigated a campaign to send 870,849 spam text messages…
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Secure Sanitisation of Storage Media

Why sanitisation is necessary, the risks to manage, and how to sanitise affordably. This guidance is suitable for any organisation wishing to ensure that their data held on storage media can not be read by unauthorised…