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PayPal told customer her death breached its rules

PayPal told customer her death breached its rules

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PayPal wrote to a woman who had died of cancer saying her death had breached its rules and that it might take legal action as a consequence.The firm has since acknowledged that the letter was "insensitive", apologised to her widower, and begun an inquiry into how it came to be sent.The matter came to light after her bereaved husband contacted the BBC.He said he wanted to make other organisations aware how distressing automated messages could be.Lindsay Durdle died on 31 May aged 37. She had been first diagnosed with breast cancer about a year-and-a-half earlier. The disease had later spread to her lungs and brain.PayPal was informed of Mrs Durdle's death three weeks ago by her husband Howard Durdle.He provided the online payments...
Yahoo: 3 billion accounts breached in 2013. Yes, 3 billion

Yahoo: 3 billion accounts breached in 2013. Yes, 3 billion

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Yahoo has tripled down on what was already the largest data breach in history, saying it affected all 3 billion accounts on its service, not the 1 billion it revealed late last year. The company announced Tuesday that it has sent emails providing notice to additional user accounts affected by the August 2013 data theft. The breach now affects a number that represents nearly "half the world," said Sam Curry, chief security officer for Boston-based firm Cybereason, though there's likely to be more accounts than actual users. "Whether it's 1 billion or 3 billion is largely immaterial. Assume it affects you," Curry said. "Privacy is really the victim here." Yahoo first disclosed the breach in December . The stolen information included names, email addresses, phone numbers, birthdates and secu...