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The Real Cost of a Data Breach: Compliance Penalties are Just the Tip of the Iceberg

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: We are living in the age of the data breach. Now more than ever, our lives are defined by the massive data sets built from our online presence, and now more than ever, they are routinely disrupted when those data sets fall into the wrong hands. … [Read more...]

Is Big Data Losing its Appeal in the Face of Data Privacy Concerns?

The use of big data by enterprises is almost commonplace at this point, with advocates claiming it aids decision-making, increases revenue and productivity and decreases operational costs. But it comes at a cost to data privacy. … [Read more...]

Cybersecurity pros think the enemy is winning

There is a saying in security that the bad guys are always one step ahead of defense. Two new sets of research reveal that the constant cat-and-a-mouse game is wearing on security professionals, and many feel they are losing in the war against cybercriminals. The first figures are from the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and industry analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). … [Read more...]

FAI hit with data breach

The FAI (Football Association of Ireland) confirmed yesterday that servers in its Dublin headquarters were breached in an external hack over the weekend.  In a statement released on Wednesday, the FAI said that the breach affected its email services, but not customers’ payment details or ticket sales as this information is stored offsite.   The FAI has hired a forensic computer scientist … [Read more...]

List of data breaches and cyber attacks by region: May 2019

You might have noted that data breaches happen a lot. We post about incidents as often as we can, but it’s practically impossible to keep up.  That’s why we’ve decided to start compiling a monthly list of incidents from stories reported around the globe.  In our inaugural list, we look back at May 2019, in which there were at least 79 reported data breaches.  If we’ve missed anything, let us know … [Read more...]

What we’ve learned about the GDPR in its first year

This time last year, organisations were scrambling to meet the compliance deadline for the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), people’s inboxes were flooded with last-minute pleas for consent and social media was rammed with GDPR memes.  Twelve months later and the commotion surrounding the Regulation has calmed, but its impact remains. In this blog, we look at the effects the GDPR has had … [Read more...]

DPC launches investigation into Google Ireland

Ireland’s DPC (Data Protection Commission) has launched a statutory enquiry into how Google Ireland processes data for the purpose of advertising.  The probe is the result of a number of submissions to the DPC, including those made by Dr Johnny Ryan, Chief Policy & Industry Relations Officer for Brave, a privacy-focused web browser.   Dr Ryan’s submissions reveal that Google’s … [Read more...]

Burger King data breach potentially exposed the data of thousands of children

Kool King, an online shop owned by Burger King, had thousands of customer records exposed through an unsecured database, which was discovered last week.  The website allows customers who purchase from the children’s menu in Burger King, France to access content, including games, films and activities, after creating a profile on the platform.   The breached database, which potentially contained the … [Read more...]

WhatApp users urged to update app after serious security vulnerability discovered

WhatsApp, the messaging app owned by Facebook, confirmed a serious security vulnerability in its system on Monday, 13 May that left users open to spyware installations on their phone.   The breach, affecting both iOS and Android users, enabled the software to be installed through voice calls, even if the call wasn’t picked up. In some cases, the call was removed from the call log, so the missed … [Read more...]

What to do when you discover a data breach?

Your cell phone goes off in the middle of your well-deserved sleep and you try to find it before your partner wakes up as well. “What could be wrong? Why would they page me in the middle of the night?” More asleep than awake, you stumble down the stairs and call the number on the screen, which you already recognize as the one in use by the chief of the night shift. When you ask why you were … [Read more...]