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Nostalgic social network 'Timehop' loses data from 21 million users

A service named “Timehop” that claims it is “reinventing reminiscing” – in part by linking posts from other social networks – probably wishes it could go back in time and reinvent its own security, because it has just confessed to losing data describing 21 million members and can’t guarantee that the perps didn’t slurp private …
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'Coding' cockup blamed for NHS cough-up of confidential info against patients' wishes

Confidential information on 150,000 NHS patients has been distributed against their wishes for years due to a "coding error" by healthcare software supplier TPP. NHS Digital, the body that oversees the healthcare service's use of data, fessed up to the bungle – which saw data on the affected patients used in ways they had …
Rebecca Hill, 3 Jul 2018
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Surveys-as-a-service outfit Typeform spilled a backup from May

Spanish Web form and survey company Typeform has announced a data breach in June, affecting data dated May, after someone gained access to one of the company's backup files. The company said the intruder accessed files “from a partial backup dated May 3rd, 2018”, and said it will contact all affected customers. “We identified …

Adidas US breach may have exposed millions of customers' personal info

Adidas warned late on Thursday that hackers may have lifted customer data from its US website. The sportswear maker said personal data, including contact information (addresses and email addresses), and encrypted passwords may have fallen into the hands of criminals, but was able to reassure customers that neither financial …
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2018
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Startup bank Monzo: We warned Ticketmaster months ago of site fraud

Online bank Monzo said it warned Ticketmaster that something weird was going on in early April, two months before the ticket-slinging giant revealed its payment pages had been hacked. Monzo detected an abnormal number of customers who had both bought tickets from Ticketmaster since December and had fraudulent activity on their …
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2018
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Please tighten your passwords and assume the brace position, says plane-tracking site

Aviation professionals enthusiasts have been told to change their passwords after flight-tracking site flightradar24 warned of a data breach. The site offers real-time visualizations of commercial flights in transit with a freemium model. Subscribers get access to more historical data or to a package of services aimed at …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2018
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Fraudster admits she was OPM dealer: Leaked US govt staff files used to bag cash, car loans

A woman has fessed up to using people's personal information, leaked online from the US government's Office of Personnel Management mega-hack, to take out loans and open bank accounts. Karvia Cross, 39, of Bowie, Maryland, USA, pleaded guilty on Monday in the eastern district of Virginia to one count of identity theft and …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2018
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Asylum seeker spreadsheet data blurt: UK Home Office loses appeal to limit claimants

The British Home Office's bid to reduce the number of potential claimants from a 2013 data breach that exposed the personal details of thousands of asylum seekers has been knocked back by the Court of Appeal. Rather than simply publishing overall statistics on the family returns process – the system by which children who have …
Rebecca Hill, 18 Jun 2018

What got breached this week? Ticket portals, DNA sites, and Atlanta's police cameras

Roundup This week brought new charges for Marcus Hutchins, a novel way to sneak malware into archives, and shady hotspots for World Cup fans. There was also plenty of other security bits that didn't quite make the headlines. Here are some of the best. Apple wants to be cert-ain on certs Apple is going to make it harder for sites to …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jun 2018
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ICO smites Bible Society, well fines it £100k...

The Information Commissioner's Office has not so much rained fire and brimstone down the British and Foreign Bible Society as drizzled it with a £100,000 fine - after the personal data of 417,000 supporters was put at risk due to a cyber attack. As a result of a ransomware attack in 2016, intruders were able to exploit a …
Kat Hall, 8 Jun 2018
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SaaSy HR outfit PageUp reports ‘unauthorised activity’ and data breach

SaaS HR platform PageUp has revealed “unusual activity on its IT infrastructure” and “revealed that we have some indicators that client data may have been compromised”. There’s bad news, semi-ok news, and bad news here: the bad is that the company isn’t sure what data was accessed, but thinks it was limited to “name and …
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Here's a transaction Transamerica regrets: Transgressors swipe retirees' personal info

Updated Financial house Transamerica has admitted criminals swiped some of its customers' sensitive personal information, including social security numbers. In a formal notice sent to the California Attorney General's office this month, the US insurance and investment giant said an "unauthorized" person was able to get into its …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jun 2018
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Ex-staffer of UK.gov dept bags payout after boss blabbed medical info to colleagues

A Manchester man has won his case against former employer the Department for Work and Pensions, after a superior shared “highly private” medical information with his colleagues. Aftab Marchant, who worked in the DWP’s Stockport office, has reportedly received a substantial payout in the case – for which he was claiming damages …
Rebecca Hill, 29 May 2018

Brit doctors surgery fined £35k over medical data fumble

Bayswater Medical Centre (BMC) in London is licking its wounds after taking a not insignificant punch to the wallet for discarding highly sensitive medical information in an empty building for a year and a half. bloody knife surgeon NHS Barnet reveals 187 breaches of personal data READ MORE The Information Commissioner's …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2018
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Greenwich uni fined £120k: Hole in computing school site leaked 20k people's data

The UK's Information Commissioner has slapped a £120,000 fine on the University of Greenwich after a security cockup by its computing and maths school compromised the data of almost 20,000 individuals. The incident occurred after an academic and a student from the then devolved department developed a microsite to facilitate a …
Kat Hall, 21 May 2018
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Family Planning office warns customers private parts may be exposed

The Australian State of New South Wales' reproductive and sexual health organisation Family Planning NSW has advised users of an April 2018 ransomware attack that may have compromised sensitive information. The agency apparently retained web form messages on the public-facing server, meaning if its database was breached, …
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Equifax reveals full horror of that monstrous cyber-heist of its servers

Equifax has published yet more details on the personal records and sensitive information stolen by miscreants after they hacked its databases in 2017. The good news: the number of individuals affected by the network intrusion hasn't increased from the 146.6 million Equifax previously announced, but extra types of records …
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Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web

Cops in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, will not pursue charges against a 19-year-old fella who had dared to download a cache of public documents. In a brief statement issued Monday, police said that, following nearly a month of investigation, there were "no grounds to lay charges" in a case that had drawn harsh criticism from …
Shaun Nichols, 7 May 2018

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