Marriott Fined £18.4m Over Data Breach

Marriott Fined £18.4m Over Data Breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined hotel chain Marriott International £18.4m over a data breach that exposed the information of millions of guests worldwide. The UK’s independent body set up to uphold information rights imposed the financial penalty on Marriott for “failing to keep millions of customers’ personal data secure.” In November 2018, Marriott reported a data breach that […]

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Montreal Metro Hacker Demands $2.8m Ransom

Montreal Metro Hacker Demands $2.8m Ransom

A malicious hacker that attacked Montreal’s transit agency with malware has demanded a ransom of US $2.8m to restore normal network operations. The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) was targeted with ransomware on October 19. The attack knocked the agency’s reservation system for adapted transit offline and caused an outage that affected around 1,000 of STM’s 1,600 […]

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US Sanctions Russian Institute Linked to TRITON

US Sanctions Russian Institute Linked to TRITON

The United States Treasury has imposed sanctions on a Russian state-funded research institute that was linked to malware used in an attack on a Middle East petrochemical facility. In October 2018, researchers at FireEye attributed industrial control system (ICS) intrusion activity known as TRITON to a professor at the Moscow-based Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics (CNIIHM). The […]

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Scammers Spoof MAGA Hat Vendors to Steal $2.3m from Republicans

Scammers Spoof MAGA Hat Vendors to Steal $2.3m from Republicans

The Wisconsin Republican Party (WisGOP) has been left red-faced after a suspected Business Email Compromise (BEC) attack stole millions of dollars intended to support Donald Trump’s re-election bid. The party issued a statement on Thursday revealing that it discovered a phishing attack a week previously, on October 22, and promptly notified the FBI. According to […]

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BEC Attacks Targeting Energy and Infrastructure Rise by 93%

BEC Attacks Targeting Energy and Infrastructure Rise by 93%

Business email compromise attacks (BEC) have continued to grow in Q3 of 2020, rising by 15% overall compared to Q2, according to Abnormal Security’s Quarterly BEC Report. The average weekly volume of BEC attacks increased quarter-by-quarter in six out of eight industries, with the biggest rise observed in the energy/infrastructure sector, at 93%. The industries which […]

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ICO Slaps £250,000 Fine on Another Nuisance Call Company

ICO Slaps £250,000 Fine on Another Nuisance Call Company

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined yet another company for making nuisance calls, as doubts grow over the regulator’s ability to actually collect the money owed to it. Over a six-month period from the beginning of 2019, Bury-based Reliance Advisory Limited (RAL) made over 15 million calls to individuals who had not requested them. […]

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Number of “Breached” Records Hits 36 Billion in 2020

Number of “Breached” Records Hits 36 Billion in 2020

The number of publicly reported data breaches fell in the third quarter of 2020, but billions of more records were exposed globally to bring the total this year to 36 billion, according to Risk Based Security. The security vendor’s 2020 Q3 Data Breach QuickView Report was compiled from human and automated analysis of publicly available […]

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US: Collaboration Needed to Combat Online Child Exploitation

US: Collaboration Needed to Combat Online Child Exploitation

The United States Assistant Attorney General Beth Williams has called for people to come together to protect children from being exploited. Speaking yesterday at a Columbia Law School virtual event, Williams said: “Addressing the problem of online child exploitation requires that all of civil society work collaboratively—including law enforcement, non-governmental organizations, private industry, and individual […]

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Taiwanese Company Admits Stealing US Trade Secrets

Taiwanese Company Admits Stealing US Trade Secrets

A company in Taiwan has been fined $60m after pleading guilty to stealing trade secrets from an American semiconductor company. United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), a semiconductor foundry based in Hsinchu that turned 40 this year, admitted to swiping secrets from Micron Technology, a leading producer of computer memory and computer data storage that is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. UMC […]

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Triple Data Breach Earns Insurer $1m Fine

Triple Data Breach Earns Insurer $1m Fine

An American insurance company has been fined $1m over three data breaches that occurred over a six-month period in 2017. Aetna agreed to the fine and to the adoption of a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. The payment will go to the Office for Civil Rights […]

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