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Whilst the news that Manchester United had been hit by a “sophisticated operation by organized cyber criminals” was widely reported on Saturday, little detail has emerged since.  In particular, there has been no update to the club’s original statement that “We are not currently aware of any breach of personal data associated with our fans [...]

We have often blogged about IT incidents within the banking sector and commented upon the frequency of these events; but how common are they?  Since April 2018, UK banks have had to report “Operational and Security Incidents” affecting personal and business current accounts to the FCA if they reach any of the following thresholds: > [...]

Following hot on the heels of the announcement of a £20m fine for BA, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued a final penalty of £18.4m on Marriott International last Friday.  Once again, this has been a long-running saga including, as with BA, the proposal last year of a much larger fine of £99m.  It also brings [...]

The long-running saga of the BA data breach reached its conclusion (probably) last week with the announcement by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) of a £20m fine.  Initial comments focused on the huge reduction from the £183m fine that the ICO initially proposed last year; but this is still a significant fine, both in total [...]

Twitter experienced a major outage last night, with tens of thousands of users around the world unable to use the platform for over an hour.  The issue appears to have been resolved now and Twitter have stressed that there is no evidence of a security breach; attributing the outage to an “inadvertent change” to their [...]

Cyber Threat to UK Universities

The National Cyber Security Centre has issued a specific alert to higher education institutions after a recent spike in attacks.  In particular, both Northumbria and Newcastle Universities have come under attack in the last few weeks.  These attacks come at the most critical time in the academic year, as universities recruit new students and prepare [...]

A number of prominent UK universities are amongst hundreds of organisations globally whose data has been stolen in a ransomware attack on cloud-computing provider Blackbaud.  Remarkably, it has emerged that Blackbaud was attacked back in May but waited two months to inform its users.  It has also emerged that they paid an undisclosed ransom in [...]

The BBC have published a fascinating birds-eye view of a ransomware attack at the University of California San Francisco this week.  Acting on a tip-off, the BBC were able to follow the on-line ransom negotiations as they happened, culminating in the payment of $1.14m.  We can only speculate, but the willingness of the university to [...]

There are many interesting lessons to learn in the unfolding saga at on-line sports retailer Wiggle… Customers first started raising concerns over two weeks ago about orders being placed on their Wiggle accounts (and payments taken) without their knowledge.  Some people also reported that they had been locked out of their accounts.  The company’s initial [...]

We blogged back in January about how GDPR fines were starting to bite.  Now, drawing on data from GDPR Enforcement Tracker, we take a first look at the fines that have been issued under GDPR specifically for data breaches. The database lists 70 fines related to data breaches, ranging in value from €300 to €10m.  [...]