Three Australian law firms teamed up in a bid to have private health insurer Medibank pay victims of a data breach caused by Russian ransomware hackers up to $20,000 per person. Hackers late last year staged data leaks of stolen medical treatment data to maximize humiliation.
The Vice Society ransomware group today claimed responsibility for a December 2022 attack on an Australian state fire department that led to a widespread IT outage. Fire Rescue Victoria warned current and former employees and job applicants of data leak.
The Irish Data Protection Commission has imposed a fine of 390 million euros against Meta Ireland for violating the General Data Protection Regulation related to user data processing. Meta confirmed it will contest the penalty, which targets ad personalization by Facebook and Instagram.
Posing as leading banks, the North Korea-backed BlueNoroff group is evading Microsoft Windows' Mark of the Web security measure to help infect machines with malware. Hackers are refining their techniques for bypassing MOTW, which warns users when they try to open a file downloaded from the internet.
A North Korean state-sponsored APT group targeted nearly 900 foreign policy experts from South Korea to steal their personal data and carry out ransomware attacks. Targeted individuals mainly had backgrounds in diplomacy, defense and security and were working toward Korean unification.
The French data protection authority fined Microsoft Ireland 60 million euros for privacy and security practices relating to a Bing search engine advertising cookie. The company has three months to get the consent of the French users before further deployment of the cookie.
In a surprise move, Britain's Information Commissioner's Office recently named names - lots of names - on the data breach front. The ICO has published detailed information about breaches of personal data, complaints and the civil investigations. Attorney Edward Machin explains the implications.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses why it is always a bad idea for organizations to pay hackers for data deletion, practical steps organizations can and should take to avoid being at the heart of a data subject complaint, and the latest efforts to tackle the ransomware threat.
A ransomware attack on the Irish healthcare system in 2021 has cost the government 80 million euros in damages and counting. The Irish Health Service continues to notify victims of the incident that their personal information was illegally accessed and copied.
Australian Home Affairs and Cyber Security Minister Clare O'Neil vowed during a speech to transform the country into the world's most cyber-secure, saying experts will start work on a strategy intended to outdo the rest of the world by 2030. The country has recently experienced a data breach wave.
The U.K. government on Friday released voluntary code of practice that will be monitored for compliance. The guidelines tell operators and developers to ensure that apps receive updates to fix security vulnerabilities and call for every app developer to establish a vulnerability disclosure process.
The U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs relies heavily on applications no longer supported by their vendor. Current levels of modernization spending are not sufficient to "reduce cybersecurity and resilience risks to an acceptable level," warns the National Audit Office.
The Conservative U.K. government said it will propose updates to the country's main cybersecurity regulation, including a requirement for the private sector to reimburse the public sector for enforcement activities. The government downplayed concerns that it could create perverse incentives.
Is a four-month delay between learning your systems were breached and notifying affected customers acceptable? After spotting an attack in August, private utility South Staffordshire Water in England is only beginning to alert customers that they're at risk of identity theft.
The Russia-based ransomware gang behind the hack of Australia's largest private health insurer says it posted a full set of stolen data. The Australian Information Commissioner said it will probe the insurer's personal information handling practices.