British Airways data breach settlement on the horizon

British Airways

As the start of 2021 marks almost three years since the first breach began, a British Airways data breach settlement is soon expected, as the airline’s lawyers revealed intentions to potentially settle claims out of court.

Under increasing pressure from Your Lawyers, a leading consumer action and data breach firm, this is a big development in a serious breach that affected approximately 400,000 customers in 2018. Your Lawyers, who sit on the Steering Committee responsible for the conduct of the group action, were quick to break the news of this major development, which has featured across prominent media outlets.

The deadline to join the action is not far away. With our current estimations suggesting up to a possible £2.4 million pay-out if all the victims claim, we do not want any affected customers to miss out on their share of compensation. Please start your claim as soon as possible.

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Customer details exposed in Transform Hospital Group data breach

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At the end of December 2020, it was revealed that the Transform Hospital Group had been targeted by a devastating cyberattack.

The attack, which took the form of a ransomware hack, resulted in the theft of customer data from the plastic surgery chain, and the hackers behind the attack have since been threatening to publish the information online.

The hackers are understood to have made it known that they have 900 gigabytes of ‘before and after’ pictures in their possession, which they are threatening to publish if a ransom is not paid. Understandably, many of the victims are extremely concerned that their private data can now be exposed in this way. The Data Breach Lawyers have already taken on affected clients, and we encourage further victims to come forward for advice on their potential claim.

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Hospital data breach claims

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At The Data Breach Lawyers, we often represent victims for hospital data breach claims, so we are familiar with the devastating effects of hospital data breaches on the victims.

The data held by hospitals and other healthcare organisations includes some of the most sensitive personal information we will ever disclose to a third-party organisation. It must be properly protected to ensure that it is not misused or exposed.

The toll that medical data exposure can take on a victim can be huge, causing their everyday life to be marred by the worrying knowledge that their information could be being seen or misused by people we do not want to have access to it. We believe that each and every victim has a right to claim compensation for this untold distress, and that is why we represent eligible victims for claims on a No Win, No Fee basis.

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Data breaches at universities: compensation claims advice

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As some of the largest institutions in our society, universities hold huge amounts of personal data, belonging to both their large student populations and their sizeable workforces. As such, it is unsurprising that data breaches at universities have become more common in recent years.

Such breaches can arise from cyberattacks, but they can also result from failures of the universities themselves. As universities grow in size, the challenges of data handling increase, and many universities appear to be falling short of their data protection duties.

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Another year of data breaches goes by…

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As we close out 2020, we mark the fact that it has been another year of data breaches where we have taken forward a large number of new cases and launched new group actions.

It seems that the trend of increasing data breaches is not going to relent anytime soon as our client numbers continue to grow at an exponential pace. We are fighting for justice for thousands of people on a No Win, No Fee basis, and we are seeing many more new clients signing up for our services.

Until there are real improvements in data protection across the UK, we will have to continue to support those who need our help. Victims of a data breach deserve some kind of justice for what they have to suffer from, and that is what we are here to do.

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Dr Thair Altaii jailed over privacy violations

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Dr Thair Altaii received a prison sentence after he was caught filming female patients whilst they were being examined, and he stored images and videos on his personal laptop.

This behaviour is a violation of human rights, medical confidentiality, and data protection laws; notwithstanding the fact that it is simply immoral and wrong. Victims should be able to put their trust in medical experts to not violate their privacy and patient confidentiality, and this has been severely broken in this case.

We understand the impact that breaches like this can have on patients and their lives and we want to help victims fight for the justice they deserve for this privacy violation. Contact our expert legal team today for free no-obligation advice if you were a victim of the Dr Thair Altaii data breaches.

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Compensation for banking app scams

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Banking app scams are one of the latest ways in which hackers are targeting victims. People have lost thousands of pounds to these kinds of scams, but there can be a way to make a claim for damages and loss.

One of the common ways scammers are exploiting people is using a technique called ‘spoofing’. This can make the caller appear as the same number as a bank or a legitimate organisation, tricking the victim into believing that the call is legitimate.

In many cases, scammers get hold of the victims’ details from data breaches. They can then contact them and use real information to convince the victim that they are genuine. Victims can then be subjected to fraudulent transactions or being duped into handing over money or more information to be abused.

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Make a claim for stolen healthcare data

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If your personal data has been stolen or breached, you could be eligible to make a compensation claim today. Stolen healthcare data can be extremely serious, and victims could be eligible to receive a substantial compensation amount if they are the victim of this kind of incident.

Here, we can briefly advise about why healthcare data is targeted, why this can lead to dangers for victims, and what you can claim for when it comes to stolen healthcare data.

This is a case type that we are used to representing people for, and a lot of the people that we act for have suffered due to some form of medical data breach. The impact for the victim is often serious, so it is important for victims to know their rights; especially as we are able to offer No Win, No Fee representation for eligible clients.

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Prestige Software data breach exposes millions of records

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The Prestige Software data breach has exposed millions of guest records online in a breach from their online cloud database.

Prestige Software operates one of the biggest hotel online services. This includes Booking.com, Expedia, and Hotels.com all using their online reservation software.

It is unknown yet if the information has been accessed by criminals and remains to be seen if the data will be used in a malicious way. In response to the breach, Prestige Software said:

‘We have informed our clients, keeping them updated on the incident as well as on its main features. In conclusion, we have taken measures to diligently react to this incident which, according to the information that we are managing right now, should actually have had very limited effects.’

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Wisepay data breach

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The Wisepay data breach occurred over several days between 2nd and 5th October 2020. The school services breach is said to have affected over 300 schools’ payments systems over the weekend that it occurred.

We understand that hackers managed to gain access to Wisepay’s systems to gather sensitive information as part of the cyberattack that remained undetected for two full days.

As a specialist law firm with years of experience in the complex field of data breach law, we are here to help you now. We currently represent thousands of claimants for signal cases and in dozens multi-party and group actions, with millions of pounds in damages recovered. We are passionate about fighting for justice for victims of data breaches and we can offer No Win, No Fee legal representation.  

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Thousands potentially at risk in Sandicliffe data breach

Sandicliffe data breach

Thousands could be affected by the recently revealed Sandicliffe data breach which reportedly occurred in February 2020.

As we understand it, the breach stemmed from an employee falling for a phishing scam which then gave hackers access to two email accounts. The accounts are said to have contained some personal data, but the company says that there is currently no evidence that that information exposed has been used maliciously.

It is potentially the case that there may be thousands at risk from this data breach, with the Sandicliffe car dealership company reportedly owning a total of 10 showrooms. Both customers, current employees and previous employees may have had information exposed in the breach meaning that their highly sensitive information could still be misused by criminals.

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Flagship Group cyberattack caused by serious ransomware

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Websites, systems and services have been offline for over a week after the Flagship Group cyberattack hit the housing company.

An official statement from Flagship Group’s website informs us that, on the 1st November 2020, a major cyberattack occurred that has resulted in most of their systems being taken offline. In quick response to the attack, Flagship Homes took many of their systems and services down to prevent the spread of the event.

It is currently unknown exactly how many people have been affected by the Flagship Group cyberattack. However, it has been confirmed that some personal data has been compromised in the breach. Flagship Group has warned customers to be wary of potential cold calls and phishing emails that could result in fraudulent activity.

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