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Lack of Laptop Encryption costs City Council £150,000

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced today that it has fined Glasgow City Council £150,000 following the loss of two laptops because neither had any encryption software applied. The fine follows an incident where two laptops were stolen from Council offices during refurbishment. To complicate matters, the Council had already been made aware of […]

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ICO fines text spammers nearly £500,000

ICO fines text spammers nearly £500,000

Last week the ICO reported that the directors of a company heavily engaged in spam texting (sending unsolicited commercial messages to people via their mobile / cellular phone) have been fined significant sums of money – this is the first action from the ICO using new powers granted in January 2012. This was an investigation […]

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Scottish Charity Suffers Data Protection Breach

Scottish Charity Suffers Data Protection Breach

Another week, another easily prevented data protection breach in the news. This time it is the Glasgow based charity Enable Scotland that is under the spotlight. From the ICO news release: A Scottish charity – based in Glasgow – breached the Data Protection Act after two unencrypted memory sticks and papers containing the personal details […]

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Online bingo players details sold

Online bingo players details sold

Another week, another Data Protection Act breach. Yesterday, the ICO reported on a former employee of an online gambling site who pleaded guilty to selling the personal data belonging to over 65,000 players. As a result of his guilty plea, Mr Ben-Ezra was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay his former employers £1,700 […]

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Data Protection Act – Calls for more powers while breaches continue

Data Protection Act – Calls for more powers while breaches continue

Earlier this week, the Justice Committee Ninth Report made the recommendation that the Information Commissioners should have the power to issue custodial sentences (prison time) for breaches of the Data Protection Act rather than be limited to the current system whereby a fine of up to £500,000 can be levied against those responsible for a […]

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GCHQ chief reports ‘disturbing’ cyber-attacks on UK

GCHQ chief reports ‘disturbing’ cyber-attacks on UK

As reported on the BBC news today, the head of the UK signals intelligence organisation – GCHQ – is concerned over the rising number of attacks on UK businesses. From the BBC news article: Cyber attacks on the UK are at “disturbing” levels, according to the director of Britain’s biggest intelligence agency. and Writing in […]

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Document disposal – don’t take risks

Document disposal – don’t take risks

There has been a lot of press coverage over the recent incident where a cabinet office minister (Oliver Letwin) was observed throwing official documents into a public waste bin. Although it is not yet confirmed, it has been reported that these documents contained a mix of information relating to counter-terrorism and correspondence from his constituency […]

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Hacked out of business?

Hacked out of business?

Most businesses understand that security is important but, as we discussed in a previous post (How do you measure the value of Information Security?) there is a tendency for owners to downplay the risks. This is understandable, and sadly security is all too often seen as a “cost” which should be cut, but the reality […]

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Malicious Spam on the Rise

Malicious Spam on the Rise

Research carried out by two security companies has provided information that most people will have already recognised – in the last week there has been a significant increase in spam and specifically malicious messages such as emails carrying trojans (phishing messages). From SC Magazine: M86 Security noted a huge surge of malicious spam that it […]

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Schools breach data protection rules

Schools breach data protection rules

Today the Information Commissioner’s Office announced a data protection act breach at the Bay House School in Hampshire which placed data belonging to nearly 20,000 people at risk. Reading the ICO report, it appears this breach was the result of an attack on its website and the fact that members of staff re-used passwords for […]

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Amazon Cloud Hosts Malware

Amazon Cloud Hosts Malware

While it may be true that cloud computing is the “future,” are will all great new things there are still some issues to be ironed out. It seems that it isnt just legitimate businesses that take advantage of the storage and saving opportunities that the cloud offers. On 28 July, Kaspersky Labs security researcher reported […]

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Widespread Hacking in South Korea

Widespread Hacking in South Korea

It was recently reported that nearly ever member (approximately 35 Million people) of a South Korean social networking site had their personal data exposed as the result of a hack on Cyworld’s systems. From the Register: Names, phone numbers, email addresses, and other details may have been exposed through the Cyworld hack, which follows previous […]

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Olso Terrorist Attack

Olso Terrorist Attack

News reports are coming into today of a terrorist attack in Norway. It appears that a gunman opened fire on a youth conference on the island of Utoya, killing four people and possibly wounding others. In the last hour it was reported that police had arrested a suspected gunman. Prior to this, there were reports […]

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Google launches malware warning service

Google launches malware warning service

Yesterday, the well known and heavily used internet search engine Google introduced a service by which it will warn users when it detects malware signatures on their computer. Working in a similar manner to anti-virus, Google believe they have identified signatures in the data users send as part of their search queries which enable it […]

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The Sun Newspaper – Hacked?

The Sun Newspaper – Hacked?

According to a tweet by “AnonymouSabu” – apparently a hacker collective on twitter – the website of the Sun news paper has been hacked. The slightly more famous hacker collective called LulzSec have also tweeted the news and at the moment it isnt clear who is responsible. Currently, when you visit the the Sun’s website […]

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