Legal help for data breach compensation claims

Category: GDPR

Ransomware affecting schools – spikes in attacks


In September 2020, the National Cyber Security Centre issued an alert, warning of increasing ransomware affecting schools, as well as colleges and universities. Earlier in 2021, the alert was updated to warn of yet another spike. The numerous headlines, especially over the summer, suggested that schools have been hit particularly hard, with successful attacks that can harm many people emerging on a regular basis.

Ransomware remains one of the most prominent cybersecurity threats faced by businesses and organisations in today’s digital age. Via ransomware, attackers could gain the power to take control of entire systems or networks. They could bring operations to a standstill, and could potentially steal swathes of private information. Where schools are concerned, ransomware can be particularly dangerous, as these organisations often hold a great deal of sensitive information relating to vulnerable children and young people.

As the ransomware threat shows no sign of abetting, it is essential that schools take action to improve their prevention and response methods, or they could be liable for the exposure of extensive personal data. Where a school has failed to protect the private details of you or your child, you could be eligible to pursue a data breach compensation claim now.

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Data breaches by schools and universities

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Educational establishments commonly hold a wealth of information about their students, often to meet safeguarding requirements, or to ensure teachers have an appreciation of children’s personal circumstances. Such information can be valuable in providing care and support to students, yet it can also represent a security risk if organisations are not doing enough to protect this information. Due to the sensitivity of the information held, data breaches by schools and universities can be particularly harmful to those affected.

Unfortunately, cybercriminals also recognise the value of pupil and student data, seeing educational institutions as prime targets for hacks. The National Cyber Security Centre released an alert earlier this year revealing that the education sector was at an increased risk of ransomware attacks in late February, which is important to note.

With external threats to the sector high, it is essential that schools and universities are doing their utmost to protect personal information. Where they fail to do so, victims may be able to claim compensation for any loss of control of their personal information.

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Cyberattacks in the manufacturing sector

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A recent report on cybersecurity threats has indicated that cyberattacks in the manufacturing sector may be on the rise. According to the NTT Global Threat Intelligence Report, attacks on this industry rose by as much as 300% in 2020, with hackers reportedly taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic and increased remote working.

With such a significant rise in cyberattacks, this issue undoubtedly raises questions regarding how safely manufacturing companies are protecting private data, whether it relates to their clients, partners or employees. If companies are not imposing sufficient data protection measures or do not have adequate cybersecurity defences, they may be putting private information at risk.

Your Lawyers, as leading specialists in data protection compensation claims, are incredibly concerned about the potential human impact of manufacturing cyberattacks. We want to make sure that any victims of data breaches in this sector understand about their eligibility to claim. If you have had your data privacy compromised by a breach incident, you may be able to recover compensation for the harm caused. Always make sure to contact us for free, no-obligation advice regarding your case.

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Oxford City Council data breach concerns

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Oxford City Council issued an apology over a possible data breach that the local authority may have caused. It is said that a computer error may have exposed information contained in rent statements.

Following news coverage from The Oxford Mail, the exact nature of this security incident and its impact has been unclear. It was not decisively identified as a data breach, but incidents such as this nevertheless highlight the damage that can be brought about by unintentional data protection errors. Even where the data controller has not broken data protection law, it is important to flag potential negligence to ensure that it is thoroughly investigated.

As a victim of an information security incident, it can often be difficult to tell whether or not an organisation has breached your rights under data protection and privacy law. This is why it is important to seek legal advice if you have reason to believe that your personal information has been compromised. At Your Lawyers – The Data Leak Lawyers- as leading data compensation claims experts, we can offer potential data breach victims free, no-obligation advice on their eligibility for a compensation claim.

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Ministry of Defence data breach – compensation advice

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Any form of Ministry of Defence data breach could have a serious impact on the victims whose personal and sensitive information could be misused or exposed.

At Your Lawyers – The Data Leak Lawyers – we are leading privacy compensation claims experts with a great deal more experience than most other firms out there when it comes to these types of cases. This is because we represent thousands of people – since 2014 – for data claims, and we have launched over 50 group and multi-party data actions.

An MOD data breach is usually a serious incident. If you have suffered from the loss of control of personal information from such a breach, our team may be able to help you now.

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Sky Vegas email promoted gambling offers despite GamStop and self-exclusion

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It has been reported that a promotional Sky Vegas email has landed in the inboxes of people using self-exclusion and/or GamStop services for well-being protection and for gambling addiction.

Although news of the incident has only just broken, based on what we know so far, we consider this to be a serious breach that we are able to assist victims with. Your Lawyers – The Data Leak Lawyers – is a leading firm of data and consumer action specialists, representing thousands of people for privacy claims. We have launched over 50 group and multi-party actions and recovered over £1m in data compensation to date for mainly individual clients.

We are here to help, and anyone registered for self-exclusion who received the Sky Vegas email could be entitled to pursue a No Win, No Fee compensation claim now.

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Labour Party data breach – ongoing ransomware cyberattack

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The Labour Party data breach is currently being investigated, and is understood to involve a ransomware cyberattack with information held by a third party currently inaccessible.

It is understood that the Labour Party’s own systems have not been affected by this, and it is a case of a third party that holds information about members being hit by a cyberattack. It remains unknown as to exactly how many people may have been affected and what information could have been exposed. We have started taking on claims for those who have approached us.

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New Year’s Honours List data breach – not long left to claim

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There is really not a great deal of time left to claim for certain damages you could be entitled to receive if you were one of those affected by the 2019 New Year’s Honours List data breach.

We have successfully recovered compensation arising from the incident, and if you were notified of your involvement, there is still time to claim. However, one of the deadlines expires next month and that could alter what you may be entitled to receive. You may still have a claim after this period has expired, but it could affect what you may be entitled to.

Your Lawyers is a leading firm of Data Leak Lawyers, pursuing compensation claims for breaches for thousands of people. This includes in over 50 group and multi-party actions that we have launched, and we have recovered over £1m for data breach clients alone since 2014. We are here to help, and you can speak to the team for free, no-obligation advice here now.

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DVLA data breach claims – compensation advice

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DVLA data breach claims can cause a significant impact on the victims, given the nature of the very personal and sensitive information that can be misused or exposed.

If you have been affected by a data breach, leak, hack, or another form of information exposure involving the DVLA, we may be able to help you. We can offer No Win, No Fee legal representation for eligible clients, and it is a quick and easy process to get a claim set up and started without delay. All we usually need is a little information from you and we can get your legal case up and running right away for you.

Your Lawyers – The Data Leak Lawyers – is a leading firm of data breach compensation specialists that have been pursuing privacy claims for far longer than most other firms. The team is always happy to offer free, no-obligation advice here.

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The latest Tesco cyberattack: a near-miss?

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It will have been hard to miss the major news that hit the mainstream media over the last couple of weeks. The latest Tesco cyberattack appears to have now concluded, and the news so far looks to suggest that it was a near-miss event.

Hopefully, this will mean that no one will have to endure their personal information being misused or exposed. Anyone who is the victim of a data breach can be entitled to claim compensation for the loss of control of their personal information if this happens.

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