Facebook fined over data privacy scandal

Social media giant fined in the UK for failing to protect users’ personal information and for a lack of transparency. Facebook is facing its first possible financial penalty for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal that saw the personal data of millions of users harvested without their knowledge. The social media giant was hit with a … More Facebook fined over data privacy scandal

£120,000 fine for university after details of 20,000 staff and students exposed in data breach

The University of Greenwich has received a fine of £120,000 because of the substantial damage and substantial distress caused by a security breach that exposed the personal information of 20,000 people. It’s called “Shadow IT”, and it’s a problem that has now cost a British university £120,000 (over US $160,000) following a serious security breach. … More £120,000 fine for university after details of 20,000 staff and students exposed in data breach

UK’s National Lottery urges millions of players to change their passwords

The lottery’s operator has found that attackers probably used an automated method known as ‘credential stuffing’ to access up to 150 customer accounts. The United Kingdom’s National Lottery is advising all of its 10.5 million registered online users to change their passwords as a safety precaution following a security incident. The recommendation comes after the … More UK’s National Lottery urges millions of players to change their passwords

Equifax confirms up to 400,000 UK consumers at risk after data breach

One week after publicly revealing that a data breach had exposed the personal information and social security numbers of up to 143 million American consumers, the credit reporting agency has revealed more details of just how many people are affected in the UK. Although Equifax’s UK systems are said not to have fallen victim to … More Equifax confirms up to 400,000 UK consumers at risk after data breach

Fines of £17m for unprotected UK firms

The UK Government’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced that firms could face fines of up to £17m or 4% of global turnover if they fail to protect themselves from cyberattacks. The introduction of such financial penalties will be carried out by the data protection regulator, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), following … More Fines of £17m for unprotected UK firms

Four arrested as Microsoft and UK police team up to crack down on technical support scammers

Four people have been arrested after a two-year investigation by Microsoft and British police forces into telephone scams which prey upon the vulnerable, tricking them into believing their computers have been infected by malware. In a typical technical support scam operation, fraudsters will work their way through the telephone book, ringing up people under the … More Four arrested as Microsoft and UK police team up to crack down on technical support scammers

British hacker admits stealing satellite data from US Department of Defense

A British computer hacker has admitted breaking into a US military communications system and stealing the ranks, usernames, phone numbers, and email addresses of over 800 employees as well as IMEI data related to 30,000 satellite phones. 25-year-old Sean Caffrey, of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday to offences under … More British hacker admits stealing satellite data from US Department of Defense