Data Protection News Roundup – 30th March 2021

The Data Guardians’ Managing Director and lead consultant Matthew Lamb is a Certified Data Protection Officer and 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 as well as addressing your Cyber Security issues.


Data Breaches

Clothing retailer FatFace has paid a $2 million ransom to Conti Gang to unlock its systems following a successful hacking attack. Read more here.

Bulk SMS messages sent by local councils across the UK contained weblinks leading to pages that freely exposed to the public thousands of taxpayers’ names, addresses, and outstanding debts. Read more here.

A firm that has the registered details of more than nine million chipped pets across the UK has been accused of losing its customers’ data. Petlog is requesting that all users create a new account but is not explaining why they need to do so. Read more here.

Security researchers, WixCase, have discovered a data breach at a major foreign exchange broker. Online forex trading site FBS left nearly 20 TB of data exposed on an unsecured ElasticSearch server containing over 16 billion records. Read more here.

Two in five businesses (39%) and a quarter of charities (26%) report having cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months, according to new figures from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Read more here.

Alex Salmond’s Alba Party have been caught up in a ‘leaked data’ storm after personal data was visible online. It’s claimed personal details of more than 4,000. who signed up for Alba Party events were available by changing a web address. Read more here.


Other News

A new report detailing 2020 cybersecurity trends reveals that Covid-19-induced changes in online activity, most notably the massive shift to remote working, created fertile ground for cyberattacks. Read more here.

Leeds United are tightening their cyber defences in the face of a growing threat from sophisticated criminals, who can extract millions of pounds from the biggest clubs. Read more here.

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