Yahoo fined £250,000 over cyber-attack

Yahoo’s UK arm has been fined £250,000 ($335,000) by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) over a data breach affecting more than 500 million users which took place in 2014.

The incident was reported two years later.

The firm said “state-sponsored” hackers had stolen personal information, which included names, emails, unencrypted security questions and answers.

The ICO said […]

Buffalo Wild Wings apologises over ‘awful’ tweets in targeted hacking

US restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings has apologised for a string of crude and racist posts that appeared on its Twitter account after it was hacked.

“We’re sorry,” the company said in a statement, adding “the awful posts… obviously did not come from us”.

The tweets were posted on Friday on the company’s verified account, which has […]

Google and Facebook accused of breaking GDPR laws

Complaints have been filed against Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp within hours of the new GDPR data protection law taking effect.

The companies are accused of forcing users to consent to targeted advertising to use the services.

Privacy group noyb.eu led by activist Max Schrems said people were not being given a “free choice”.

If the complaints are […]

How Safe Is A USB? IBM Bans staff from using all removable Memory Devices

Staff at IBM have been banned from using removable memory devices such as USB sticks, SD cards and flash drives.
The possibility of “financial and reputational” damage if staff lost or misused the devices prompted the decision, reported The Register.

Instead, IBM staff who need to move data around will be encouraged to do so via an […]

90% of GMail Users Dont Have Security Features Enabled

It makes it harder for people to break into your account, even if they have your login details

One of Gmail’s most effective security features is hardly used by anyone, Google has revealed.

Two-factor authentication (2FA) has been enabled on less than 10 per cent of active Google accounts, the company says.

The feature is designed to make […]

Paypal Shares Your Data with over 600 Companies – Including Spoken Content

PayPal has revealed that it shares users’ data with more than 600 external companies.

The payments service has published the third parties it shares data with as part of a transparency drive in a move the company described as “very unusual” but an “important principle”.

Examples on the list reveal the scale upon which companies are granted […]

Flaw in LinkedIn Autofill Plugin Allows Third Party Sites to Steal Your Data

Not just Facebook, a new vulnerability discovered in Linkedin’s popular AutoFill functionality found leaking its users’ sensitive information to third party websites without the user even knowing about it.

LinkedIn provides an AutoFill plugin for a long time that other websites can use to let LinkedIn users quickly fill in profile data, including their full name, […]

Protect your personal data on facebook

Is leaving Facebook the only way to protect your personal data?
Following the recent allegations that research firm Cambridge Analytica misused the data of 50 million Facebook users, the debate about how information on the social network is shared and with whom has been reopened.

Find out;

What you can do to protect your information on facebook
What data […]

9 Signs your email might be a phishing scam

Most people are aware that they need to protect themselves and their personal information online but would you know the clear signs of a phishing scam when it lands in your inbox?

Phishing emails have been deemed the number one threat to UK businesses, so we’ve listed below the top 9 signs that the email you’ve received […]

Facebook has been collecting your call history and SMS data

The recent news that Facebook has been collecting call records and SMS data from Android devices for years has left a number of Facebook users spooked by the recent Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, prompting individuals to download all the data that Facebook stores on their account. The results have been alarming for some.

Ars Technica reports […]