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One in four organisations were breached in the first half of 2019

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that 2019 has continued a growing upwards trend of cyber crime, but Bitdefender has revealed just how extensive the threat is.  Its Mid-Year Threat Landscape Report 2019 revealed that 24% of organisations suffered a breach in the first half of the year.  Meanwhile, many of those that haven’t reported an incident admit it’s possible that they’ve suffered one but … [Read more...]

German hospital fined €105,000 for GDPR data breach

A hospital in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany has been fined €105,000 by the State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Rhineland-Palatine (LfDI).  The fine was based on several breaches of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) concerning patient admittances, resulting in patients receiving incorrect invoices, and exposing issues with the hospital’s patient privacy … [Read more...]

Cyber attacks and data breaches in review: October 2019

It was a mixed bag this month in terms of cyber attacks and data breaches. On the one hand, the 421,103,896 data records that were confirmed to have been compromised represents about half of the monthly average.  But on the other hand, the 111 incidents accounts for the highest monthly total this year.  As we do every month, let’s review some of the most notable incidents that took place in … [Read more...]

Cyber attacks and data breaches in review: September 2019

September may have fewer data breach incidents than the previous month, but overall there was a massive 363% increase, totalling 531,596,111 breached records. This number includes a whopping 419 million data records exposed from an unknown server and brings the total breached record for the year so far to 10,331,579,614. Plenty of those breaches occurred in Europe, so let’s delve into a few of … [Read more...]

Polish data protection authority issues €645,000 fine to online retailer

Poland’s Personal Data Protection Office (UODO) this week imposed a PLN 2.8 million (€645,000) fine on online retailer Morele.net for “insufficient organisational and technical safeguards”.  The data breach affected approximately 2.2 million customers who purchased products through one of the group’s nine websites.   The extent of the data breach The leaked data included names, telephone … [Read more...]

An Post notifies the Data Protection Commission of customer data breach

An Post has notified the Data Protection Commission (DPC) of a breach affecting 250 customers.   An email sent to customers about the move of the AddressPal service from one post office in Cork to another accidentally had all 250 recipients’ email addresses in the ‘To’ field rather than 249 of them being in the ‘Bcc’ (blind carbon copy) field. This meant every customer who received the … [Read more...]

Cyber attacks and data breaches in review: August 2019

A glance at the numbers this month suggests that cyber criminals, like the rest of us, enjoy their summer holidays. The 114,686,290 breached records is infinitesimal compared to last month’s total and about 10% of the monthly average. However, the figure comes from 95 incidents, which is the biggest total we’ve tracked this year. Plenty of those breaches occurred in Europe, so let’s delve into a … [Read more...]

Cyber attacks and data breaches in review: July 2019

July 2019 was one of the worst months ever from a cyber security perspective. With incidents like the massive breach at the Chinese tech supplier Orvibo and another leaked database filled with Evite customers’ personal details, the second half of the year began with a mammoth 2,226,042,039 breached records.  You can see a full breakdown of those breaches on our sister site, IT Governance UK. In … [Read more...]

Data breach costs Netherlands hospital €460,000

Haga Hospital, based in the Netherlands, was this week fined €460,000 by the Dutch data protection authority (AP) for breaching the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).   Haga was investigated by the AP after 85 hospital employees had access to the medical records of Samantha de Jong, AKA Barbie, a well–known Dutch reality TV star.   In addition to the fine, Haga must improve the … [Read more...]

Microsoft OneNote audio note phishing scam

Phishing is a constant threat for organisations and individuals alike. The scam, which involves sending emails that masquerade as legitimate organisations to fraudulently obtain sensitive information, targets hundreds of millions of organisations and people daily.   Microsoft OneNote users are the latest target of a phishing scam. An email entitled “New Audio Note Received” is purportedly sent … [Read more...]