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Uber hopes to butter up Brit transport chiefs with lots of lovely data

Much maligned not-a-taxi biz Uber has pledged to hand over travel data to Transport for London. In a bid to suck up to the regulator that is currently considering whether to reinstate its licence in the UK's capital, Uber has today launched laxative-sounding Uber Movement "tool" in the capital. The move follows a missive from …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Mar 2018
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Ex-Equifax exec charged with insider trading after bagging 1 MEEELLION dollars in stock sale

A former Equifax exec was today charged with insider trading for offloading almost $1m of shares before the company went public about the scandalous mass data breach. The global credit reporting agency was hacked in May '17, which exposed the personal data of 148 million people. The firm discovered the breach at the end of …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Mar 2018

Unidentified hax0rs told not to blab shipping biz Clarksons' stolen data

British shipping company Clarkson plc has obtained an injunction against hackers who broke into its IT systems, slurped a load of data and then tried to blackmail the business. The judgment, handed down by High Court judge Mr Justice Warby earlier this week, orders the unknown hackers not to publish the stolen data and to pay …
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Pennsylvania AG sues Uber over 2016 data fail

Uber has been hit with a lawsuit over its failure to disclose the 2016 theft of its customer and driver records. Pennsylvania state Attorney General Josh Shapiro says the dial-a-ride broker violated state data breach law when it failed to promptly file a report and notify both drivers and passengers of the loss of data. …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Mar 2018
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Equifax peeks under couch, finds 2.4 million more folk hit by breach

Embattled credit-reporting company Equifax has done some data crunching and discovered another 2.4 million people that had their information slurped by hackers. The biz, which was subject to one of the biggest data breaches in US history last May, has already had to revise up the number of affected individuals. The total …
Rebecca Hill, 1 Mar 2018
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Irish eyes are sighing: Data protection office notes olagoanin'* up 79%

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner received 79 per cent more complaints last year than in 2016, while data breach notifications rose 26 per cent. The figures, released in the commissioner's annual report for 2017 (PDF), show that the DPC's office received a record 2,642 complaints in 2017. That's a 79 per cent increase on …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Feb 2018

UK local gov: 37 cyber attacks a minute but little mandatory training

Britain's local governments were hit by almost 100 million cyber attacks in the last five years, while one in four councils’ systems were successfully breached, according to research. Privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch sent Freedom of Information to all the UK's local authorities, asking for details of cyber attacks and …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Feb 2018
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Stop calling, stop calling... ICO goes gaga after home improvement biz ignores warnings

A Welsh home improvement firm has been fined after ignoring a warning to stop contacting people who had opted out of marketing calls. In March last year, Swansea-based Direct Choice Home Improvements was handed a £50,000 fine after 167 people complained about nuisance calls. On top of the civil monetary penalty, Blighty's …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Feb 2018
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The strange case of the data breach that stayed online for a month

A couple of weeks ago Jeff* quit his job at the Singaporean branch of a major enterprise technology vendor that is, if not quite a household name, certainly known to most IT professionals. Not long afterwards he Googled his old work employee ID number and was unpleasantly surprised to see the first result was a link to a …

Uber quits GitHub for in-house code after 2016 data breach

Uber’s confessed that it didn’t use multifactor authentication on its GitHub account, an omission ultimately led to the data breach it revealed in 2017 after keeping it secret for more than a year, after using its bug bounty program to bribe the hacker to stay schtum. It’s now stopped using GitHub for anything other than open …
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Bluetooth 'Panty Buster' 'smart' sex toy fails penetration test

Security researchers have found multiple vulnerabilities in smart sex toys that open up the potential for all sorts of mischief by hackers. The Bluetooth and internet-connected Vibratissimo Panty Buster, and its associated online services, made by German gizmo biz Amor Gummiwaren, are riddled with exploitable privacy flaws, …
John Leyden, 2 Feb 2018
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Car-share biz GoGet became data share biz after 2017 hack attack

Australian car sharing company GoGet today admitted to a June 2017 data breach that includes drivers licence details, payment card numbers and other personal data, but said it did not disclose the matter until now on the advice of Police. In an email sent to members today (and The Register, thanks to kind readers) plus a …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2018

Home Office admits it sent asylum seeker’s personal info to the state he was fleeing

An asylum seeker has won £15,500 from the UK’s Home Office after it blabbed confidential information about his persecution in his home country - to authorities in the state. In a poorly thought-through attempt to verify the authenticity of a set of documents about the asylum seeker, the Home Office sent them to authorities in …
Rebecca Hill, 18 Jan 2018

PPI-pusher makes 75 MEEELLION nuisance calls, lands £350k fine

A company that made 75 million nuisance calls in just four months has been handed a £350,000 fine from the UK's data protection watchdog. Mis-sold Products UK Ltd made the automated marketing calls between November 2015 and March 2016, eliciting 146 complaints to the Information Commissioner's Office. Andy Curry, ICO …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Jan 2018

Canada charges chap alleged to run stolen data-mart Leakedsource

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has announced it has cuffed and charged a man for selling stolen identities and passwords at The site listed more than three billion records – some including passwords - that had been stolen in various data breaches and let users buy that data. It also offered advice on new …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2018
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Leaky credit report biz face massive fines if US senators get their way

New legislation introduced in the US Senate by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) would result in credit reporting agencies being slapped with stiff fines if they play fast and loose with data security. The Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act [PDF] would impose a mandatory $100 fine per person affected on …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jan 2018

Carphone Warehouse cops £400k fine after hack exposed 3 MEEELLION folks’ data

Carphone Warehouse has been handed one of the largest ever fines – a whopping £400,000 – from the UK’s data protection watchdog after exposing the details of millions of its customers. An investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office found a “striking” number of “distinct and significant inadequacies” in the phone …
Rebecca Hill, 10 Jan 2018
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Indian data leak looks to have been an inside job

The government authority in charge of India's billion-records-and-counting Aadhaar biometric identity database, the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI), has suspended 5,000 officials from accessing the system. As we reported yesterday, a journalist for the country's Tribune newspaper wrote of her ability to access …

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