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Dixons Carphone says data breach affected 10 million

Dixons Carphone says data breach affected 10 million

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Dixons Carphone has said a huge data breach that took place last year involved 10 million customers, up from its original estimate of 1.2 million. The Carphone Warehouse and Currys PC World owner has been investigating the hack since it was discovered in June.It said personal information, names, addresses and email addresses may have been accessed last year.However, no bank details were taken and it had found no evidence that fraud had resulted from the breach.The hackers also got access to records of 5.9 million payments cards, but nearly all of those were protected by the chip and pin system.Dixons said it was "very sorry for any distress" caused and it would be apologising to customers, although it did not say how or over what timescale it would be con...
Facebook, worth £445bn, fined £500k for data breach

Facebook, worth £445bn, fined £500k for data breach

Technology
Facebook is to be hit with the maximum £500,000 ($ 663,000) fine over data protection breaches related to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The UK's information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said she would fine the social network as her office investigates how data belonging to tens of millions of users was improperly accessed.The amount is the maximum allowed under the Data Protection Act 1998, but is pocket change for a company valued last year at around $ 590bn (£445bn).The scandal took place before new EU data protection laws that allow much larger fines came into force.Facebook, along with consultancy Cambridge Analytica, has been the focus of the investigation since February when evidence emerged that an app was used to harvest the data of 50 million Faceb...
Ticketmaster admits user data was stolen in breach

Ticketmaster admits user data was stolen in breach

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Ticketmaster has admitted 40,000 customers' personal information and credit card details have been stolen in a data breach. The ticket sales website said in a statement that it was hit by "malicious software" on Saturday through a third-party supplier to Ticketmaster.All customers the company believes were affected - less than 5% of its customer base - have been contacted and advised to change their password.In a statement on their website, Ticketmaster added customers in North America were not affected.The company offered 12 months free identity monitoring service to anyone whose details may have been stolen.The statement said: "On Saturday, June 23, 2018, Ticketmaster UK identified malicious software on a customer support product hosted by Inbenta Technologies, an externa...
Facebook data breach firm shutting down

Facebook data breach firm shutting down

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Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy at the centre of the Facebook data row, has announced it is to close and declare bankruptcy.The British company said it had been "the subject of numerous unfounded accusations" and was "vilified for activities that are not only legal, but also widely accepted as a standard component of online advertising in both the political and commercial arenas."Eighteen enforcement officers spent the night searching Cambridge Analytica's offices after the High Court granted a warrant in March.The information commissioner obtained a legal order to access their records and data after it emerged the company had harvested information from 50 million Facebook users.The social media giant later revealed that 87 million people may been affected by the leak, with ...