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‘Largest ever UK data breach’ goes unpunished

‘Largest ever UK data breach’ goes unpunished

Technology
Britain's data watchdog has been criticised for failing to punish companies involved in what has been described as the UK's largest recorded data breach.The breach itself was industrial in scale and conducted through an online advertising process designed by Google and the Interactive Bureau of Advertising (IAB), known as real-time bidding. After launching its investigation last year, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has now said it would only be seeking "real improvements" from the pair rather than bringing any enforcement actions, which could stretch to fining them up to 4% of their global turnover. Image: Google was one of the architects of the RTB system Real-time bidding (RTB) is the market which underpins online adver...
Capital One data breach: Arrest after details of 106m people stolen

Capital One data breach: Arrest after details of 106m people stolen

World
The personal details of about 106 million individuals across the US and Canada were stolen in a hack targeting financial services firm Capital One, the company has revealed.The alleged hacker, Paige Thompson, was arrested on Monday after reportedly boasting about the breach online.Capital One said the data included names, addresses and phone numbers of people who applied for its products.But the hacker did not gain access to credit card account numbers, it said. The data breach is believed to be one of the largest in banking history.How many people have been affected?Capital One is a major credit card issuer in the US and also operates retail banks.The firm said in a statement released on Monday that the breach affected approxima...
BA faces £183m fine over customer data breach

BA faces £183m fine over customer data breach

Technology
By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter The owner of British Airways is facing a fine of £183.4m after a data breach which saw personal details belonging to 500,000 people compromised.The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has told the International Airlines Group (IAG) that BA will be penalised under the Data Protection Act, and that the fine will be equivalent to 1.5% of its worldwide turnover for 2017. BA boss Alex Cruz said the airline was "surprised and disappointed" while IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said BA would make representations to the ICO about the scale of the fine, and could appeal it.The record penalty is the first under tough new data protection rules that came into effect in 2018. Facebook was last year fined £500,000 by t
British Airways faces record £183m fine for data breach

British Airways faces record £183m fine for data breach

Business
British Airways is facing a record fine of £183m for last year's breach of its security systems.The airline, owned by IAG, says it was "surprised and disappointed" by the penalty from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).At the time, BA said hackers had carried out a "sophisticated, malicious criminal attack" on its website.The ICO said it was the biggest penalty it had ever handed out and the first to be made public under new rules.What happened?The ICO said the incident took place after users of British Airways' website were diverted to a fraudulent site. Through this false site, details of around 500,000 customers were harvested by the attackers, the ICO said.Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said: "People's personal data is just that -