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Frankfurt’s IT networks grinds to a halt amid Emotet attack

The week before Christmas, Frankfurt saw the unwelcome return of Emotet, a banking trojan that recently came out of hiding to terrorise organisations across the globe.  The malware spread through the city’s systems, forcing officials to shut down its IT network, causing huge delays to government services.  This is the fourth time in recent weeks that Emotet has struck in Germany, following attacks … [Read more...]

Travelex falls victim to Sodinokibi ransomware attack

Travelex, a foreign exchange company with headquarters in London, has been hit by a ransomware attack, forcing it to shut down all computer systems across its 1,500 branches. Although the organisation said no personal data has been compromised, the criminal hackers behind the attack claimed to have acquired more than 5GB of personal data, including dates of birth, payment card information and … [Read more...]

Cyber attacks and data breaches in review: December 2019

In some respects, 2019 ended on a positive note, with a comparatively low 627,486,720 breached records.  That’s about a third of the monthly average, and ensures that the year accounted for only 12.7 billion breached records.  Over the next few weeks, we’ll analyse the information we’ve tracked throughout 2019 and produce an infographic summarising the year’s figures.  In the meantime, here are … [Read more...]

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...]