Category: ICO

Northumbria University cyberattack

university data breach claims

Not long into the new academic year, the Northumbria University cyberattack shook the campus IT systems in early September 2020, forcing those at the top to close the campus and postpone scheduled exams.

It remains unclear whether any long-lasting damage was caused by the attack. In our experience as data breach lawyers, we have seen large-scale attacks such as this endanger or expose significant quantities of personal information.

Northumbria is not the first university to have experienced such an attack, a fact that highlights the particular vulnerability of higher education institutions to such malicious cybercrime. In university cyberattacks, employees and students can be adversely affected by the exposure of their personal data, for which they are often able to make a compensation claim. If it emerges that Northumbria University failed to protect personal data, we may be able to help anyone affected.

Read More “Northumbria University cyberattack”

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.

Read More “British Airways data breach settlement on the horizon”

Flagship Group cyberattack caused by serious ransomware

hackers

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.

Read More “Flagship Group cyberattack caused by serious ransomware”

The BA data breach fine – is it enough?

BA data breach

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.

Read More “The BA data breach fine – is it enough?”

Greater Manchester Police data breach may affect thousands of serious crime victims

police data breach

It is understood that a serious Greater Manchester Police data breach may have affected thousands of victims of serious crimes.

In an exclusive story broken from ManchesterMill.co.uk, it has been reported that a whistle-blower has revealed the details of the serious data leak to the media. The coverage confirms that information had been uploaded to a “test system” and may have been accessible on a third-party IT contractor’s website for some two months.

Information may have included the names and addresses of victims of serious crime, including sexual assault and domestic abuse. Data may have also included the details for informants and witnesses involved in cases as well.

Read More “Greater Manchester Police data breach may affect thousands of serious crime victims”

Blackbaud data breach: information hacked

Blackbaud data breach ransomware

The widespread and recently publicised Blackbaud data breach has resulted in a wealth of personal information being hacked, affecting over 100 organisations in the UK.

Many of those affected are universities, and there are also charities that have been impacted by the breach as well. Victims are being notified of the breach, and if you have been contacted, we may be able to help you. For eligible cases, we may be able to offer No Win, No Fee legal representation.

Here’s some advice about what has happened, what data has been affected, and how we may be able to help you today.

Read More “Blackbaud data breach: information hacked”

Dixons Carphone data breach fine issued

Hacked Cybersecurity

The ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) has issued a maximum Dixons Carphone data breach fine in the sum of £500,000.00.

As the breach period was prior to the introduction of the GDPR, they have escaped fines that could have hit hundreds of millions of pounds under the new rules. But the level of the fine that has been issued reflects the severity of this breach that resulted in the personal information for some 14 million people being compromised. It also led to the details for 5.6 million payment cards being exposed as well.

We’re representing victims for this breach and have been doing for a number of years since news of it broke a couple of years ago.

Read More “Dixons Carphone data breach fine issued”

New Year’s Honours List unsurprising

data breaches

News of the New Year’s Honours List data leak that hit the headlines last week didn’t come as much of a surprise to us.

Unfortunately, we see these kinds of leaks happening all of the time. They’re usually caused by human error, which we assume is the root of this one, and in most cases, they’re entirely avoidable. The law is clear, and everyone should know their responsibilities and ought to know that publishing the addresses for those receiving honours can be a breach of the law.

It’s understood that more than 1,000 people have been affected by the issue, with concerns raised over the security for some of those whose data has been leaked.

Read More “New Year’s Honours List unsurprising”

Missoma data breach advice

data hack

If you have been affected by the recently discovered Missoma data breach, you may be entitled to bring a claim for compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis with us.

It’s understood that some customers who had placed orders with the jewellery brand as far back as September may have been affected by a cyberattack. Malicious software had reportedly been inserted into the payment processing section of the website, and this had led to data being exposed.

This isn’t the first time this kind of breach has taken place either, which may be seen as a damning indictment.

Read More “Missoma data breach advice”

No Win, No Fee British Airways compensation representation

British Airways

If you’ve yet to start your No Win, No Fee British Airways compensation claim, make sure you sign-up via the BA Group Action website here as soon as possible.

We’re pleased to be able to offer No Win, No Fee arrangements for this action, which could be set to be the first GDPR Group Litigation Order (GLO) action so far. BA are already facing a record fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) which shows how seriously they’re taking the attacks. It also means that the case against BA in terms of liability is strong in our view, which is why we can offer the No Win, No Fee assistance.

But make sure you sign-up for a claim as soon as you can to take advantage of our offer before time runs out.

Read More “No Win, No Fee British Airways compensation representation”

Importance of the British Airways and Marriott fines

GDPR Regulations deleting information

The importance of the recent provisional British Airways and Marriott fines that have been issued for breaches of GDPR cannot be understated. And our action for compensation is important for victims as well.

The record-setting levels of the fines that have been issued show that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is deadly serious when it comes to GDPR compliance. With the ability for fines to be set at 4% of an origination’s global annual turnover, financial penalties that can be issued by the regulator can be significant.

BA’s fine – which they are understood to be contesting – has been initially set at £183m, and the provisional Marriott fine is at £99m. These are clear and substantial punishments. When it comes to the victims whose data has been exposed, our action for compensation is the way forward for justice.

Read More “Importance of the British Airways and Marriott fines”

Marriott data breach fine set to be £99m

Hotel Travel Data Breach

The provisional Marriott data breach fine is to be reportedly set at £99m, with news of this fine coming just days after the record-setting BA data breach fine.

This is another significant financial punishment issued by the UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office. Marriott is understood to have expressed that they’re “disappointed” with the fine, despite the severity of this breach the fact that information had been exposed for such a long period of time.

These first major GDPR fines show one thing: that the ICO mean business when it comes to using the new legislation that came into force in May 2018.

Read More “Marriott data breach fine set to be £99m”