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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...]

Who is to Blame in Wake of a Data Breach?

We like to assign blame. It seems it’s human nature to be totally knowledgeable in areas that don’t involve us at all. … [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...]

Stalkerware developer dealt new blow by FTC

Last week, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) interpreted its broad consumer protection mandate to file a first-of-its-kind enforcement action against the developer of three mobile stalkerware applications. The developer was banned from further selling the apps unless significant changes were made in design and functionality. The FTC’s required changes address notification procedures and … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Rescue Your Rep After You’ve Been Hacked

I’d like to believe that all readers will use this post to prepare for a ‘what if’ scenario but the sad truth is that some of you are reacting to a data breach and lack an incident response plan. … [Read more...]

Do Customers Really Care About Data Breaches?

How much customers care about data breaches is often dependent on the type of customer data obtained by attackers. … [Read more...]

What’s the difference between a data breach and a cyber security incident?

The information security industry is full of jargon, but luckily most terms only crop up when you’re dealing with specific, technical topics. However, there’s one common but surprisingly complex phrase that often appears without further explanation: ‘cyber security incident’.  You might assume it’s simply a euphemism for organisations that don’t want to say ‘we’ve suffered a data breach’. That’s … [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...]