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The GDPR Enforcement Tracker website shows a dramatic increase in the number of fines being issued for data breaches in recent months.  Across Europe only 75 fines were levied in the first two years after GDPR came into force, or about 3 fines per month.  However, in the last 9 months a further 72 fines [...]

Nearly a week on from Sky News breaking the story that Serco had been the victim of a ransomware attack, details of the incident are still very sketchy.  From a UK perspective, we are being reassured that the attack has only affected systems on mainland Europe; so that the NHS Test and Trace programme is [...]

More details have emerged in the last couple of weeks of the significant impact of the ransomware attack on the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) that began on Xmas Eve.  Nearly 4 weeks on, it has emerged that the email system is still down and that emails submitted since the attack began cannot be accessed.  [...]

Many of us woke up in the UK this morning to the story that, unbelievably, 150 000 records had been erroneously deleted from the Police National Computer.  The data loss, which occurred during a regular weekly purge of data, has been attributed to a coding error which has now been rectified.  Reassuring as this may [...]

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 [...]