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Google+ to be shut down after data breach

Google+, Google's attempt to create a social media network to rival Facebook, is shutting down. This comes after users' data has been reported to have been exposed, an incident that dates back to March to 2018.

App at U.K. Tory Party conference in data breach

Birmingham - The ruling U.K. Conservative Party faced a major data leak via its own app ahead of the Party's annual conference in Birmingham.

Significance of Facebook data breach explained: Interview Special

Facebook has said that “almost 50 million” of its users were left exposed by a security flaw. Scott Grissom, VP of Product Leadership, Marketing, and Sales at LegalShield looks at the implications for Digital Journal readers.

Huazhu Hotels investigating potential loss of guest data

A leading Chinese hotel group - Huazhu Hotels - is investigating a serious leak of millions of guests' data. This follows millions of its customers' records appearing for sale on the Internet.

Air Canada suffers major app data breach of 20,000 customers

Air Canada has reported on a massive data breach of its app. At risk are thousands of passenger passport details, among other personal details of customers.

Massive data breach exposes huge trove of automakers' secrets

Windsor - A security researcher this month managed to find a treasure trove of corporate secrets from Ford Motor Company, along with five other global automakers (including GM and FCA) and numerous other companies, that were left exposed by an apparent data leak.

What is the average cost of a data breach?

IBM Security and Ponemon Institute released their study on the average cost of a data breach. In it they found that data breaches are only going up in cost, and in the volume of records stolen.

NHS data breach affects 150,000 patients

London - An NHS data breach has affected 150,000 patients in England, according to the British government. The NHS is blaming a coding error. Data was shared for clinical audits and research on the patients who had opted out of any data information sharing.

Unknown marketing firm leaks over 300 million personal records

A data breach by a marketing firm that leaked 340 million personal records was found by a security researcher earlier this month.

Facebook sends Cambridge Analytica warning to users

Facebook members can now check if they are one of the 87 million potential users whose data has been shared with Cambridge Analytica.

MyFitnessPal data breach affects millions

A new disclosure suggests the MyFitnessPal data breach affects millions of Under Armour users, with the personal details of around 150 million users disclosed.

Data breach at Saks and Lord & Taylor compromised customer data

A data breach at department store chains Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off Fifth and Lord & Taylor has compromised the personal information of customers who shopped at the stores, according to the parent company, Canada-based Hudson's Bay Co. on Sunday.

Google's 'Waterfront Toronto' project fields privacy concerns

Toronto - Ever since a Google-affiliated company announced last year that it would be building a "smart city" on the Toronto waterfront, rumors have been swirling over what kind of tech developers were wanting to push.

Equifax admits data breach impacted 2.4m more people

Equifax has confirmed that over 2.4m more people were affected by its data breach than the company originally reported. The new set of individuals suffered exposure of information including their names and driving license details.

Over half of medium-sized businesses breached in 2017

Over half of IT professionals in U.S. medium-sized businesses believe their organisation was breached in 2017. A report from security firm Cygilant found companies are ill-equipped to respond to breaches and just 15% are "confident" in their strategies.

FedEx left customer passport scans on unsecured server

FedEx has admitted it left sensitive customer data on an unsecured server. Files including passport copies and driving licenses were available for public download for months. FedEx claimed there's no indication the files have been accessed maliciously.

Imgur announces historical data breach impacting 1.7m users

Image sharing service Imgur has confirmed a security incident in 2014 exposed the details of 1.7m users. Email addresses and passwords were amongst the data taken. The incident has only just been discovered and Imgur has been commended for its response.

Firefox to issue warnings when a website has been hacked

Mozilla is developing a new Firefox feature that will show you an alert when a website has been hacked. The browser will tap into a database of historical data breaches to provide warnings about sites that have previously suffered a security compromise.

IRS awards Equifax $7M contract to verify taxpayer's identity

The IRS will pay Equifax $7.25 million to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract issued last week.

Deloitte suffered silent data breach it took six months to find

Deloitte has confirmed a data breach allowed attackers to steal confidential client emails. The incident went unnoticed for months and only became public knowledge after a Guardian report today. It was caused by a basic email security lapse.

Equifax is getting crushed

Equifax has already plunged 18 percent since it announced last week that hackers may have the personal details of nearly half the US population. Options traders are betting that this is only the start.

Going to hospital? Data breaches are an added concern

When you’re in hospital thinking about data breaches and cyber security may not be your top concerns. However a new study has found some 1,800 occurrences of data breaches in patient information have occurred in the past seven years.

Yahoo: 'State-sponsored' actors behind biggest data breach ever

Yahoo has said it believes "state-sponsored" actors were behind a massive data breach in 2013 that it only revealed today. The company said one billion user accounts could be affected. Customers have been advised to change all their passwords.

Online criminals steal money from 20,000 Tesco Bank accounts

U.K. banking provider Tesco Bank has announced it has suspended all online transactions for its current account customers. The bank's chief executive confirmed criminals stole money from over 20,000 accounts over the weekend. It is currently unknown how.

Full extent of Yahoo attack revealed

Yahoo has finally revealed the extent of a "state-sponsored" hack. Back in 2014, hackers stole data relating to 500 million. This was probably the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history.

Dropbox admits hacker stole details of 70 million users

It has been revealed that a hack of cloud storage provider Dropbox reported in 2012 actually affected nearly 70 million users. The hackers responsible for the theft have now dumped the data onto the Internet, revealing the true scale of the attack.

Accountancy software company Sage hit by data breach

The major U.K. software company Sage has been compromised in a data breach with personal information relating to 280 businesses being affected.

33 million Twitter accounts appear online but site wasn't hacked

A hacker has released a database containing around 33 million Twitter user credentials on the dark web. The nature of the data suggests Twitter itself has not been hacked. Instead, it has been assembled using malware to steal passwords.

Four 'mega dumps' in a month spark fears of hidden data hacks

The user credentials of hundreds of millions of hacked Myspace and Tumblr accounts have turned up online in separate databases. The hack appears to have occurred several years ago and could be related to the recent release of LinkedIn user details.

Electronic Health Records: a gold rush for data thieves

The United States continues to present the largest market of “soft targets” for identity thieves. As security upgrades continue to roll out among America’s millions credit cards, identity thieves are taking the path of least resistance to stay busy
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Equifax put volume has skyrocketed following the company s high-profile data breach.
Equifax put volume has skyrocketed following the company's high-profile data breach.
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Saks at the North Star Mall in San Antonio  Texas in 2014
Saks at the North Star Mall in San Antonio, Texas in 2014
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