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United Nations discloses new data breach Special

The United Nations has suffered a data breach, exposing 100,000 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) private staff records, stemming from exposed Git directories and credentials.

UK introduces new security law targeting telecoms Special

The UK government has unveiled a new security law which includes new fines if telecoms operators fail to meet security standards. Companies which fail to tighten their security could receive fines which amount to 10 percent of their turnover.

Broadvoice database: 350 million customer records exposed online Special

A Broadvoice database cluster holding more than 350 million records, many including personal details and voicemail transcripts of Broadvoice clients’ customers, was found to have been left open online for anyone to view.

Millions of patients' data exposed on database without password Special

New has emerged that Dr. Lal PathLabs, a laboratory testing giant in India, left a massive amount of patient data exposed on a public database without a password for several months.

Payment processor exposes 2.5M credit card transactions Special

PAAY, a New York payments start up, exposed millions of credit card numbers. The massive database storing millions of credit card transactions has been secured after being exposed to the public for three weeks on the Internet.

Major data leak from U.S. aerospace and defense contractor Special

IMGE, consulting firm based in the Washington, D.C.-area left their Amazon cloud-storage system database that contained the names, phone numbers, home addresses, and email addresses of about 50,000 individuals.

Leaky Honda database exposes 976 million records Special

From a data breach involving 976 million records, an estimated one million files held within a Honda database contained information about Honda owners and vehicles. This latest data breach shows how companies need to better protect consumer data.

Will business intelligence negate the need for data scientists?

A controversial study notes how Business Intelligence tools advance, giving rise to self-service analytics, is there still a need for data scientists? This is the context of improved algorithms that yield quicker and simpler results.

Interview: Blockchain database for decentralized applications Special

FlureeDB is a new scalable blockchain database for decentralized applications that combines the interoperability and features of traditional databases with multiple-consensus blockchain technology. Company CEO Brian Platz explains more.

How predictive analysis is helping the energy sector

A few days after predictive analytics software began monitoring wind turbines in Iowa last March, an anomaly was spotted by a data-science model in a wind turbine’s gearbox. After a few hours of repairs, the wind farm owner avoided catastrophic failure.

Blockchain community falls under U.S. regulations

Washington - In a major ruling, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a report that cautions market participants that offers and sales of digital assets by "virtual" organizations will be subject to federal securities laws.

World's largest radiocarbon database wants to go global

Radiocarbon dating is an indispensable tool for archaeologists. It is used to reveal the age of organic materials from ancient bones to wooden artifacts. A Canadian database, the world's largest, wants to make radiocarbon data available globally.

Hackers upload 20GB more Ashley Madison data, possibly CEO emails

Hackers have released another massive swathe of data gathered from the servers of cheating site The group, known as Impact Team, have followed 9.7GB of customer records with a 20GB data dump that may include emails to CEO Noel Biderman.

Secret U.S. government documents leaked by 'new Snowden'

Washington - First there was Julian Assange, then came Edward Snowden, now there appears to be a new kid in town leaking classified government documents to journalists.

High number of Norwegians support giving newborn DNA to police

According to a study by the Norwegian Data Protection Authority, two-fifths of the Norwegian public would be happy with their government saving DNA profiles of newborns, to allegedly assist in future police investigations.

8 million UK children on secret database without parental consent

One of the UK's largest government contractors has created a database which contains the personal details of 8 million UK children, all without the knowledge or consent of their parents.

Ontario police chiefs want database for pawnshops Special

For 100 years the rules have remained the same for Ontario pawn brokers. Those old laws need to be changed, according to the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP).

e-Borders Program Tracks British Travel

The British government is stepping up their Big Brother image. A new database is being made of all British travel in and out of the United Kingdom. The information will be kept for up to 10 years.

Ohio Drunken Drivers Will Be Listed On Searchable Database

An Ohio law takes effect today which will require courts to send information on repeat drunk driver offenders to the Ohio Department of Public Safety for the creation of a searchable database.

Chinese Researchers Develop Drug Addiction Database

Chinese researchers have developed the first molecular database for addiction-related genes with extensive annotations and a friendly Web interface.The researchers were able to integrate 2,343 items of evidence from peer-reviewed publications.

Op-ed: Proposed Database Would ID Some Who Are Innocent

Cheating Anglican ministers in Australia may find themselves on a proposed church database of child abusers and sex offenders. Those who have been accused of straying from the marital bed may have more than just their spouse after them.

Public Toilet Database

On Vacation And Suddenly Get The Urge? Chicago Crime Database, a freely browsable database of crimes reported in Chicago.

U.S. Merchants Know Their Customers - Too Well, Critics Charge

SEATTLE (dpa) - Imagine this: a database that knows all your buying habits, including whether you purchase more beer than milk and more chips than potatoes. This frightening vision of an all-too-well informed Big Brother, seemingly straight out of Orwe...

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