Data Protection News Roundup – 19th May 2020

The Data Guardians Managing Director and lead consultant Matthew Lamb is a Certified Cyber Risk Management Practitioner. Get in touch with us to ask about how we can help you with your GDPR and Data Protection Act compliance.


Data Breaches

Outsourcing group Interserve suffered from a cyberattack which may have seen the details of up to 100,000 people stolen. On 9 May hackers broke into a human resources database owned by the firm and stole information on current and former Interserve employees. Read more here.

Elexon, a crucial middleman in the UK power grid network, reported that it fell victim to a cyber-attack on 14 May. The company said the incident only impacted its internal IT network and employee laptops. Systems that manage the UK’s electricity transit were unaffected. Read more here.

ARCHER, one of the UK’s most powerful research supercomputers, has been knocked offline indefinitely due to a “security exploitation” of its login nodes, in an attack which also affected the wider academic community in the UK and Europe. The university is working with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and its technology partners to forge a path to recovery and to determine when systems can be brought back online. Read more here.

A security researcher has discovered an open Elasticsearch database containing around 22 million email records. The researcher has said that he has not been able to trace source of the database. Read more here.


Other News

Since the GDPR came into effect two years ago almost half of UK businesses have been reported to the ICO over a data breach. This is according to a new report from Apricorn, which also claims a quarter of IT decision-makers reported their own organisations, while a fifth were reported by a third-party. Read more here.

According to a new report from IT support company ILUX, a tenth of workers in the UK do not believe their remote working practices are GDPR compliant. It’s believed that this stems from many people using their personal devices to work from home. Read more here.

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