hacker 2Had they done so, they would have:

  • Saved on the public humiliation that always comes with the kind of National publicity no one wants
  • Saved on the business disruption that accompanies Data loss
  • Saved on the huge fines levied
  • Saved on the stress that is guaranteed

Equifax (2017) – Global information solutions company, Equifax, has reported a major cybersecurity incident affecting 143 million consumers in the US. The breach, discovered on 29 July, is thought to have revealed the names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses of almost half the US population. Also compromised was the credit card numbers of 209,000 consumers and the personal identifying information of 182,000.

CEX (2017) – One of Britain’s largest retail franchises, CEX, disclosed it has been hit by a data breach that could have compromised the information of as many as 2 million customers – including personal details like names and addresses.

‘Onliner’ spambot (2017) – A security researcher in Paris has unearthed an open web server hosted in the Netherlands that contains as many as 711 million usernames and passwords.

Bupa (2017) – Bupa suffered a data breach (13 July 2017) affecting 500,000 customers on its international health insurance plan.

Zomato (2017) – Zomato, which provides users with an online guide to restaurants, cafes and clubs, reported that data from 17 million users had been stolen, including email addresses and hashed passwords.

‘Eddie’ reveals over 560 million passwords (2017) – The recent WannaCry ransomware infected 47 NHS England Trusts and hundreds of companies across the world. You’d think things couldn’t get any worse. Well, you’re wrong. While this isn’t a UK company, its effects could have a big impact here.

Wonga (2017) – Payday loan company Wonga has fallen victim to a large data breach that could have hit as many as 245,000 of its customers including bank account numbers and sort codes.

Sports Direct (2017) – Sportswear Retailer Sports Direct failed to tell its entire workforce that they might have had their personal credentials stolen in an internal security breach. Sports Direct noticed its systems had been compromised in September 2016, but it wasn’t until December that they discovered the data breach – including names, email addresses and phone numbers.

Three Mobile (2016) – Three, one of Britain’s largest mobile operators has revealed it has had a major data breach that could put millions of its customers at risk. Hackers accessed Three’s customer upgrade database by using an employee login. Three said that the data accessed did not include any financial information but did say that names, phone numbers, addresses and dates of birth of its customers were obtained. Three said that of its 9 million customers it believed the data of 133,827 people was compromised.

Tesco Bank (2016) – Late last year, Tesco Bank, the consumer finance wing of the British supermarket giant, froze its online operations – after as many as 20,000 customers had money stolen from their accounts. Chief executive Benny Higgins said in a statement that 40,000 accounts had been compromised – and half of those had money stolen from them.

Sage (2016) – As a FTSE-100 firm, the apparent insider attack admitted by accounting and HR software firm Sage could turn out to be one of the most important in UK data breach history if its scale is confirmed. According to the firm, the employee data of up to 280 UK customers

Kiddicare (2016) – Online child products retailer Kiddicare was forced to admit it had exposed real customer data when testing a new website in 2015. In this case, the mistake was only noticed when customers started receiving suspicious SMS text messages asking them to take an online survey and an investigation eventually uncovered to error. As with many UK breaches, the company played down the fact it had let names, addresses and contact details of up to 800,000 people

TalkTalk (2015) – Publicised in October 2015, TalkTalk initially struggled to confirm how many of its four million customers were affected after hackers exploited a reported weakness in the firm’s website. TalkTalk CEO Baroness Dido Harding sounded disquietingly vague about the attack’s scale when interviewed on TV, and it later transpired that a ‘mere’ 157,000 personal records had been compromised.

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