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VTech Fined $650,000 Over Data Breach

Electronic toymaker VTech will pay $650,000 (£480,000) to settle charges that it failed to protect the privacy of children using its gadgets. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) levelled the charges at VTech following a data breach in 2015. While…
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Four Firms Fined a Total of £600,000 by ICO

Four companies that disrupted people with nuisance marketing have been fined a total of £600,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Hundreds of complaints from the public about the firms prompted four ICO investigations, and…
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Carphone Warehouse fined £400,000

Carphone Warehouse has been issued with one of the largest fines by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), after one of their computer systems was compromised as a result of a cyber-attack in 2015. The company’s failure to secure…
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Virus-Infected Devices Given Out By Police

Police have apologised after giving infected memory sticks as prizes in a government-run cyber-security quiz. Taiwan's national police agency said 54 of the flash drives it gave out at an event highlighting a government's cybercrime crackdown…
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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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Meltdown & Spectre: All Mac Devices Affected, Says Apple

Apple has said that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by two major flaws in computer chips. It emerged this week that tech companies have been racing to fix the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, that could allow hackers to steal data. Apple…
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Intel, ARM & AMD Chip Scare: What You Need To Know

Nearly all computers worldwide - and many other devices - have been exposed to security flaws which leave them vulnerable to attacks by hackers. Researchers discovered gaps in security stemming from Central Processing Units - better known…
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Discarded E-Waste Behind World’s Fastest Growing Waste Problem

Discarded laptops, mobile phones and electronic goods are now the world’s fastest growing waste problem and must be tackled urgently, United Nations researchers have warned. A new report found that amount of electronic junk has…