Thursday, August 16, 2018

Butlin’s data hack: up to 34,000 guest details may have been stolen

Holiday camp firm says payment details secure and it will contact those affectedButlin’s has said up to 34,000 guest records may have been accessed by hackers.The holiday camp firm said the customer data at risk included names, home addresses,...

Dixon Carphone: 10m customers hit by data breach – investigation

Group initially estimated 1.2m customers had personal data stolen in massive attackDixons Carphone said an investigation into a massive data breach has found personal data belonging to 10 million customers may have been accessed last year, nearly 10 times...

The Observer view on the threat to British democracy | Observer editorial

Parliament’s authority is being undermined – from the misuse of voters’ data to broken promises on paired votingAs parliament breaks for recess this week, our political system has perhaps never felt less up to the gargantuan task of paving...

The Guardian view on controlling social media: the start of a long road | Editorial

The information commissioner’s fine against Facebook will hardly scratch its profits but nonetheless lays down an essential marker about the protection of our dataFacebook has been fined five and a half minutes’ revenue – the most the law allows...

Rise of the machines: has technology evolved beyond our control?

Technology is starting to behave in intelligent and unpredictable ways that even its creators don’t understand. As machines increasingly shape global events, how can we regain control?The voice-activated gadget in the corner of your bedroom suddenly laughs maniacally, and...

Yahoo fined £250,000 for hack that impacted 515,000 UK accounts

ICO says firm ‘failed to prevent’ 2014 Russia-sponsored hack after 500m accounts compromisedYahoo has been fined £250,000 over a hack from 2014 that affected more than 515,000 UK email accounts co-branded with Sky, the Information Commissioner’s Office has announced.The...

Hacker jailed for selling Asda and Uber customers’ data on dark web

‘One-man cybercrime wave’ Grant West masqueraded as Just Eat to get people’s dataA hacker who carried out attacks on a string of companies before selling customers’ data on the dark web has been jailed for more than 10 years....

Liberation day! Don’t email me. I sure won’t be emailing you | Charles Arthur

Today, happily, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation comes into force. It’s the data detox we’ve been waiting forAs from today you have the perfect excuse. “I haven’t been in touch because you didn’t respond to my last email...

UK calls for special EU deal on data-sharing laws after Brexit

British negotiators warn of security dangers as they call for preferential treatmentUK negotiators in Brussels have warned of significant economic and security dangers for Europe should the EU not grant a special deal on data-sharing laws after Brexit.In an...

Donald Trump shuns iPhone security because it’s ‘inconvenient’, reports say

US president reportedly resisted White House security checks for Twitter phone for ‘as long as five months’Donald Trump is reportedly shunning security advice by using at least two iPhones, refusing to allow some of them to be screened for...

Family Planning NSW hit by ransom demand in cyber-attack

Medical records not exposed in data breach but information sent by clients seeking an appointment may have been compromised • Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon The personal information of clients of...

Why the GDPR email deluge, and can I ignore it?

A stringent new law will change how companies handle your data. Here’s what you need to do‘Urgent action required ”, “Do you still want to hear from us?”, “We’ve updated our privacy policy”, “Should we stop sending you updates?...

Golden State Killer: the end of DNA privacy? Chips with Everything podcast

US investigators recently tracked down the suspect of a 40-year-old murder case after uploading DNA to a genealogy website. Jordan Erica Webber weighs up the pros of finding ancestors with the cons of selling privacySubscribe and review: Acast, Apple,...

From solar-powered shirts to drunken droids: what the smarthome will look like

Can a robot fold towels? Could your toaster turn against you? And will Amazon know when you’re hungry and drone-deliver a Chinese takeaway directly to your mouth? Find out as we step into the home of the futureIf the...

What does Cambridge Analytica closing mean for the Facebook data scandal?

Following the Facebook data crisis, the company has folded. But will the scandal now end? Cambridge Analytica, the company at the heart of the data scandal which has engulfed Facebook, announced it was shutting down on Wednesday evening. ...
The Register

Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users

Web Security says there's nothing nefarious to its URL collection A security plug-in for the Firefox browser is under fire after users discovered it was collecting and uploading their online activity.…
The Register

Making money mining Coinhive? Yeah, you and nine other people

10 users controlling the bulk of cryptocoin generator funds Mining internet currency on websites with Coinhive scripts is a lucrative endeavor, but only for a handful of people.…
PC Mag

Google Launches Searchable Database on US Political Ads

The new site offers an eye-opening view of how online political ad spending through Google can work. It offers a breakdown on individual ad campaigns, including a catalog of what ads were served and to which demographic groups.

Intel Reveals New Spectre-Like Vulnerability

A new side-channel speculative execution vulnerability takes aim at a different part of the CPU architecture than similar vulnerabilities that came before it.

Miller & Valasek: Security Stakes Higher for Autonomous Vehicles

Car hacking specialists shift gears and work on car defense in their latest gigs - at GM subsidiary Cruise Automation.