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The University of Greenwich Fined £120,000

The University of Greenwich has been fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner following a “serious” security breach involving the personal data of nearly 20,000 people – among them students and staff. It is the first university…
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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…
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Cyber-attack Website Webstresser Taken Down

A website blamed for launching more than four million cyber-attacks around the world, including attempts to crash banks in the UK, has been taken down in a major international investigation. The operation, which involved the UK's National Crime…
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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…