Month: January 2018

An example of a huge medical data breach when cyber-hackers had access to 30,000 patients’ information; including test results

medical data breaches

In recent years, the healthcare industry has been a big target for cyber-hackers, and there have been some huge cases reported. The healthcare industry leads the way in terms of the highest number of breaches and leaks in the U.K. and in other countries too, and in one example we’ll take a look at here, a hospital suffered a medical data breach that reportedly affected some 30,000 patients.

A medical breach involving 30,000 patients is absolutely monumental!
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Design and marketing firm Xerpla fined £50,000 for a reported 1.25 million spam emails

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Xerpla Limited boasts of a range of services for companies who really want to get their business off the ground. The London-based firm say they provide innovative design, advertising, and web hosting and consultancy services for their customers.

However, they may be using the cheapest way to reach as many people as possible.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) received 14 complaints over emails sent from the firm, and therefore began investigating them. The ICO found that the firm was responsible for sending over 1,257,580 million spam emails to promote and advertise products and services on behalf of their customers.
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Seven big government data breaches in the U.S.

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Cyberattacks and data breaches have soared in recent years, and the U.S. has suffered huge amounts of breaches that has also affected U.K. organisations and citizens too.

They’re a worry because they can identify weaknesses in a country similar to us in terms of technological reliance and development. In this article, we’ll take a quick look at seven of the biggest government data breaches from across the pond in the U.S.
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The Amazon data centre – does the future of cybersecurity belong with big corporations?

Amazon recently launched their Amazon Web Service (AWS) – a completely separate arm to their huge retail business. The ever-expanding company has been hugely successful, primarily by embracing the modern method of online retail.

The AWS is marketed at all businesses and organisations: large, small, and even start-ups. Its services include database storage, analytics and management services, and they pride themselves on providing ‘flexibility, scalability and reliability’. The seemingly impressive service has already attracted many high profile companies and organisations including British Gas; Just Eat; Channel 4 and Trainline.
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The role of the “hacktivist” in keeping cyberspace secure

hacktivist

A “hacktivist” is a person (or group) who hack into systems for political reasons or with a “socially-motivated” interest. In terms of the latter, the idea for some is to raise awareness of weaknesses so they can be plugged.

Last year for example, the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation (HHRF) website was accessed by a “hacktivist”. The cyberhacker said that they were able to access 20,000 accounts including personal information; but it was not an act borne from malicious intent…
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