Cyber, Data Protection, Legal


Mikhy Farrera-Brochez: US man guilty of trying to extort Singapore over HIV data

An American man has been found guilty by a US court of trying to extort the Singaporean government over information in a leaked official HIV database.The court in Kentucky heard Mikhy Farrera-Brochez had sent two emails to Singaporean officials in 2018. In them he said he had possession of an official database containing the HIV status of 14,000 people in Singapore.He threatened to release details of it unless his husband was released from prison and the database closed.

Man arrested over University of South Wales data breach

A man has been arrested in connection with a data breach at a university. South Wales Police are investigating after the University of South Wales referred the breach to the force, on Thursday.

Facebook, Google and Twitter in data regulators' sights

Social media giant Facebook and its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp have been the subject of most data investigations in the Republic of Ireland since the European Union's new data protection regulation came into force a year ago. 

Russian data theft: Shady world where all is for sale

Data breaches by Russian hackers are a global concern now, but the BBC has discovered how easy it is to buy personal data such as passport and bank account details in Russia itself.

Google thwarts Baltimore ransomware fightback

Google has inadvertently thwarted attempts by Baltimore's city government to fight off crippling ransomware.

The cyber-attack struck civil computers in Baltimore on 7 May, blocking email accounts and online payment systems.

TalkTalk data breach customer details found online

TalkTalk failed to inform 4,545 customers their personal information, including bank account details, were stolen as part of the 2015 data breach.

Viewers contacted BBC Watchdog Live about concerns that their details had been breached by TalkTalk.

But the company had told them that their details were not compromised.

"The customer data referred to by BBC Watchdog relates to the historical  October 2015 data breach. It is not a new incident," the firm said.

Accused 'flees UK' ahead of Essex cyber-attack court hearing

A computer developer who carried out a cyber-attack on his former employer is wanted for allegedly fleeing the UK before a court appearance.

Canadian national Evan Strukoff, 32, had admitted two charges relating to the attack on Experience
Engine in Great Baddow, Essex, but disputed the severity of their impact on the firm.

HMRC served an enforcement notice

The Information Commissioner’s Office as issued an enforcement notice on Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for failing to get adequate consent to collect callers' personal data.

Data breaches a 'time bomb', warns security report

Data breaches are a "time bomb" under companies that let customer information go astray, warns a
security expert.

Bryan Sartin, Verizon's head of global security services, said he was "surprised" more breaches had not become public.

Vote Leave Ltd fined

Vote Leave Ltd has been fined £40,000.00 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined for sending out thousands of unsolicited text messages in the run up to the EU referendum in 2016.