Month: November 2020

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.

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Thousands potentially at risk in Sandicliffe data breach

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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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The BA data breach fine – is it enough?

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Following the British Airways data breach in 2018, where almost 500,000 customers were affected, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has issued its final fine. The BA data breach fine was announced to be just £20 million – a significant 90% less than the initial proposed intention to fine last year of £183m.

Though £20 million is no small amount, for the international airline, the question is whether this data breach fine is enough to have a proper impact. In terms of how the ICO decides how much it should fine data breach offenders, it should be enough to have a ‘dissuasive effect’ on the company and others in order to warn them from committing further data breaches.

In the case of the BA data breach fine, it is not seen as a high enough amount to have a dissuasive effect when you consider how much of the original proposed amount has been wiped out.

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