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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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Former Hospital Worker Prosecuted for Inappropriately Accessing Patient Records

A former employee of a Milton Keynes hospital trust has been prosecuted for accessing patient records without authorisation. Michelle Harrison, of Milton Keynes, inappropriately accessed the records of 12 patients outside of her role as…
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Great Western Railway Accounts Breached

A British rail operator has reset more than a million customer accounts after discovering hackers had successfully breached a small percentage of them. Great Western Railway said that about 1,000 of its passengers' details had been exposed. The…
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Royal Mail Fined £12,000 For Sending More Than 300,000 Nuisance Emails

Royal Mail Group Ltd has been fined £12,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after sending more than 300,000 nuisance emails. On two dates in July 2017, the company sent emails to 327,014 people who had already opted out…
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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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Former Housing Worker Convicted by Jury of Data Protection Offences

A former housing worker who shared a confidential report identifying a potential vulnerable victim has been convicted of data protection offences by a jury. A trial at St Albans Crown Court was told that in August 2015, London Borough of…
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Scottish Company Raided Over 200 Million Nuisance Calls

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has searched a business premises near Glasgow, as part of an investigation into a company suspected of making over 200 million illegal nuisance calls. Some of the calls potentially put people’s…
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Facebook Under Fire in Escalating Data Row

Politicians in the US, Europe and the UK are calling on Facebook to explain how data on millions of its users was harvested. US senators have called on Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress about how it will protect users. The head…
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Camelot Warns of 'Low Level' National Lottery Hack

National Lottery owner Camelot has warned of a "low level" cyber-attack that affected 150 customer accounts. It has asked all of its customers to change the passwords on their accounts as a precaution. The hackers used credentials gleaned…
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Equifax Finds More Victims of 2017 Breach

The massive data breach suffered by credit-rating company Equifax hit more people than previously thought, the company has reported. In September last year Equifax said it had discovered that 145 million US customers may have had their information…