Articles about data theft

An inspector in a white hat

Open your doors to white hats before black hats blow them off, US deputy AG urges big biz

The second-in-command at the US Department of Justice says every business should have its own program to let third-party researchers find and report bugs. Speaking at the Cambridge Cyber Summit in Boston today, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said bug bounty and white-hat research programs will help companies avoid …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Oct 2017
The Royal Courts of Justice in London

Ex-employees sued for £15m over data slurpage ordered to pay up just £2

The High Court in London, UK, has agreed that a company's former employees who took thousands of confidential files away on USB sticks when they quit the firm were indeed naughty – and ordered them to pay damages of just £1 each. Marathon Asset Management, based in London, sued James Seddon and Luke Bridgeman for £15m after …
Gareth Corfield, 23 Feb 2017

The bill for Home Depot after its sales registers were hacked: $19.5m

Home Depot will pay at least $19.5m in compensation to the 50 million customers hit by hackers who infiltrated the chain's sales tills in 2014. The US home improvement warehouse will create a $13m fund to reimburse shoppers and spend a further $6.5m providing a year's worth of identity protection for those impacted. Those are …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Mar 2016
Cash on scales. Pic: Images Money, Flickr

ICO: You call that a sentence? Courts need power to hit data thieves harder

Blighty's data watchdog has moaned that the UK's courts needs greater powers to impose penalties on data thieves after a woman was slapped with a £1,000 for flogging 28,000 customer records for £5,000. Sindy Nagra, 42, from Hayes, was issued the fine by Isleworth Crown Court on Friday. She was an admin assistant at a car …
Kat Hall, 11 Jan 2016
Prison

Four sentenced for theft of three million data records

Nearly three million data records worth tens of thousands of pounds have were stolen by four men from their employer, York Crown Court has heard. The men used millions of “data lines” they had fraudulently copied from their employer, Scarborough-based Emailmovers, before leaving to set up their own market-research company - …
Kat Hall, 15 Dec 2015
China

China's hackers stole files on 4 MEELLION US govt staff? Bu shi, says China

China is fending off accusations it was behind the theft of personal dossiers on four million US government workers – some of whom had applied for or were granted security clearances. China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told NBC News: "We hope the United States could discard this kind of suspicion and stop groundless …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jun 2015
Gun slinger, image: Shutterstock

Thousands of 'lost data' reports mean we should ARM the ICO, says infosec bod

Infosec 2015 Thefts and losses of computers and laptops often go unreported to data privacy watchdogs and could represent a huge hidden risk for the leak of confidential data, according to new research. The Information Commissioner’s Office received 1,089 data breach reports between March 2014 and March 2015, yet police forces across the …
John Leyden, 2 Jun 2015
Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley fires rookie for stealing thousands of fat cats' financial files

Morgan Stanley has confirmed it sacked one of its financial advisers after he allegedly stole confidential data on up to 350,000 clients – information which then appeared online. According to the New York Times, in mid-December Morgan Stanley found on Pastebin sensitive information regarding 1,200 accounts belonging to 900 …
Iain Thomson, 6 Jan 2015

Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery

Morrisons' checkout and shelf-stacking staff across the UK will be anxiously worried about their bank accounts this morning, after the supermaket admitted that thieves had spaffed employee payroll details online. The grocer said on its Facebook page that it had notified all its workers that their personal information had been …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Mar 2014
The Register breaking news

Websense boosts defenses against spear-phishing, data theft

Websense has added a slew of new defenses with the launched of Triton v7.7, which it says are designed to prevent the advanced data-theft attacks that have emerged as spear-phishing becomes more sophisticated. Of particular interest to security managers will be a focus on detecting the more patient attacks (in industry …
The Register breaking news

Cops bust den of text-spam spewers

Police have raided a UK office they suspect was a front for spam texters and are eyeing up other hotspots of SMS spam in a crackdown announced today by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The police action comes after an ICO campaign to eradicate the practice which they say is distressing to recipients. In a survey …
Anna Leach, 9 Dec 2011

Of Wikileaks and data theft

Private First Class Bradley Manning may be one of the most celebrated whistleblowers ever but he is also, if he really is the Wikileaks source, a damn fine data thief. The corollary of that is that the United State military is a an awful guardian of classified data. Manning, a US army intelligence analyst, is believed to have …
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2010
The Register breaking news

Exiting workers more likely to steal data than stationery

Many workers have confessed they would be prepared to swipe data from their ex-employers when they changed jobs. An online poll of 1,594 full and part-time workers and contractors in the US and UK found that around a quarter (29 per cent in the US and 23 per cent in the UK) would steal customer lists and other sensitive data …
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2010
The Register breaking news

T-Mobile coughs to data theft

T-Mobile has admitted it was the operator whose staff sold customer data to competitors, but can't understand why the Information Commissioner decided to share the information. Staff at the network operator had developed a sideline selling customer records to brokers who then called up the customers to offer alternative …
Bill Ray, 18 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Staff at UK mobile co sold customer records

Updated Staff at an unnamed mobile operator have been selling customer details to the competition, and the Information Commissioner reckons that it will take a spell in chokey to stop the leaks. According to the BBC, a T-Mobile spokesman has confirmed that T-Mobile is the company in question. The spokesman tells the BBC that the …
Bill Ray, 17 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Researcher busts into Twitter via SSL reneg hole

A Turkish grad student has devised a serious, real-world attack on Twitter that targeted a recently discovered vulnerability in the secure sockets layer protocol. The exploit by Anil Kurmus is significant because it successfully targeted the so-called SSL renegotiation bug to steal Twitter login credentials that passed through …
Dan Goodin, 14 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Judge spanks lawyer for leaking personal details in brief

A judge has chastised a lawyer for including the social security numbers and birthdays of 179 individuals in an electronic court brief, ordering him to pay a $5,000 sanction and provide credit monitoring. US District Judge Michael J. Davis said he was meting out the penalty under his "inherent power," meaning no one in the …
Dan Goodin, 5 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Men allegedly broke into computers of former employer

Federal authorities on Wednesday filed intrusion charges against two men accused of accessing the computer systems of their former employer. Scott R. Burgess, 45, of Jasper, Indiana, and Walter D. Puckett, 39, of Williamstown, Kentucky, both worked as managers for Indiana-based Stens Corporation until taking jobs with a …
Dan Goodin, 5 Nov 2009

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