June Sees a Rapid Rise In Data Breaches

June has seen a raft of data breaches, here’s the headlines:

1 June: The Information Commissioner’s Office hands out its largest ever to fine of £325,000 Brighton and Sussex University Hospital for a serious breach of the DPA.

4 June: The Daily Mail reports that a crime is committed every 40 minutes on Facebook

5 June: Hacktivist group Swaggsec claim to have hacked a sizeable amount of sensitive data from China Telecom and Warner Brothers

6 June: The ICO is at it again, this time with a £90,000 fine for Telford & Wrekcin Council for multiple breaches of the DPA.

LinkedIn is hacked and 6.5 million user’s passwords are stolen.

7 June: Music website last.fm acknowledged a breach with an unknown amount of passwords stolen

11 June: A laptop containing the personal information and bank account details of thousands of people and businesses is stolen from Glasgow City Council.

12 June: Global Payments, the payment processor which works with Visa, Mastercard and American Express, said a breach of its systems earlier in the year may be far worse than expected and that hackers may have gained access to servers containing personal information from its merchant customers as well as card details.

And these are just the ones we know about! One thing’s clear, no one is immune, whether you’re in the public or private sector, an online retailer or part of a state’s national infrastructure.

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