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Travelex cyberattack leaves customers frustrated

First published by Matthew on January 09, 2020 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Hacking News Ransomware Security and tagged with | | | | |

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The Travelex cyberattack has left customers frustrated as hackers have locked down their systems and are holding the company to ransom.

We’re taking legal action for the previous Travelex incident, which stemmed from a leak of customer data. As an expert consumer law firm that specialises in data breach compensation, we’ve spoken to the media about this incident and aired our concerns that we’re seeing yet another cyberattack incident taking place; this being one of many that have hit various businesses over the last few years.

This hack may lead to customer information being leaked or sold on for money, so there’s every reason for customers to be concerned; despite assurances from Travelex.

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Concerns over mobile apps cybersecurity

First published by Matthew on January 03, 2020 in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity Hacking News Mobile Data Security Smartphones Social Networking Technology and tagged with | | | | | | | |

app data breach risks

We often see mobile apps cybersecurity issues and events in the news. As the use of apps and mobile technology continues to grow, we fear there may be more incidents to come.

And some of those incidents could lead to a great deal of data being exposed or misused for a lot of people; perhaps even millions in a single event.

As data breach compensation experts, we often deal with cybersecurity compensation claims, and many stem from apps. This includes the We-Vibe group action we’re representing victims for, which saw particularly personal and sensitive data for thousands of people misused. We can represent victims for cases on a No Win, No Fee basis, and we’re always happy to offer no-obligation advice.

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The future for gaming data breaches

First published by Matthew on January 02, 2020 in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity Hacking News Ransomware Scammers and tagged with | | | | | | | |

data leak and data breach compensation

We have previously discussed the issues surrounding gaming data breaches, and have been asked for help and representation for cases of this nature.

The market for online gaming is massive, and data will be exchanged across the world as part of activities players are engaged in. There will be a lot of accounts that contain a great deal of personal data, and there will also be financial information stored for processing payments.

There’s also a huge “black market” for hijacked accounts as well. There are the players whose accounts they have spent time and money on being stolen, and there are those who are prepared to pay for built-up accounts. This leaves serious questions over the future of gaming and how they may be affected by data breaches.

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Hospital cyber-attacks: where the victims stand

First published by Matthew on December 31, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Hacking News Healthcare Security Technology and tagged with | | | | | | | | |

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When it comes to hospital cyber-attacks, our focus is on ensuring that the victims’ voices are heard and that they have the chance for the justice that they deserve.

The threat that hospitals are facing from cybercriminals is substantial. A large volume of the individual compensation claims that we take forward are for medical data breach incidents, and many of them stem from cybersecurity events.

The 2017 WannaCry incident was perhaps one of the biggest examples that showed just how much of a target the healthcare sector really is.

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How victims in the BA data class action are being affected

First published by Matthew on December 30, 2019 in the following categories: British Airways Data Breach Claims Group Action Hacking News Security and tagged with | | | |

British Airways data breach

It’s important to talk about how the victims who are claiming compensation as part of the BA data class action have been affected.

A lot of the customers who come to us for help have spoken about their concerns when it comes to the loss of control of their personal information. Many have also suffered from fraudulent activity that has happened to accounts linked to the breach.

In reality, there are many ways in which victims can be affected and can be targeted by scammers and criminals who will use the information exposed in the breach to do harm.

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Missoma data breach

First published by Matthew on December 18, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity GDPR Group Action Hacking News Latest Security and tagged with | | | | | | |

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The Missoma data breach has a very familiar feel to it. In fact, it feels identical to a number of previous breaches, including compensation actions we’re involved with.

Reportedly, an email sent to customers has confirmed that a data breach has taken place and that malicious software from a third-party had been used to target customers’ payment details. It appears that malicious code has been injected into the payments part of the website in order to steal data processed through it.

Although news of the breach has only just broken, the circumstances surrounding the incident appear to be exactly the same as a number of other data breaches that have taken place in recent years as well.

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NHS data breaches and technology

First published by Matthew on December 17, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity Hacking News Healthcare Security Technology and tagged with | | | | | | |

Technology Software

NHS data breaches and technology can go hand-in-hand. A lot of the incidents that we take forward for both individual cases and group action / multi-party claims often involve technology issues.

One of the most common types of cases that we take forward are NHS data breach compensation claims. Not only can they be common, but the impact for the victims – given how personal and sensitive medical data is – can usually mean that they suffer significant distress. That’s why our work to fight for the rights of the victims is so important.

We’re involved with more than one infamous group legal action as well as countless individual claims for medical data breaches. If you have been affected by an NHS data breach, we may be able to help you as well.

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Concerns raised over smart toy data breaches

First published by Matthew on December 10, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Hacking News Latest Technology and tagged with | | | | |

hacked electronic toys

Serious concerns have been raised over security issues that could lead to smart toy data breaches and children being at risk of contact from strangers or exposure to explicit content.

Consumer group Which? has reportedly identified serious security flaws in a number of smart toys that could lead them to being hacked or interfered with. They’re now calling on big name retailers like Amazon, Argos, John Lewis and Smyths to withdraw some “intelligent” and “connected” toys for sale this Christmas. They’re also calling on the government to introduce mandatory security standards for smart toy manufacturers.

We’ve talked in the past about the dangers of smart toys and the “Internet of Things” as greater connectivity opens more doorways for cybercriminals. In the run up to the festive season, the consumer group’s findings are set to cause justifiable concern.

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Healthcare information data breaches

First published by Matthew on November 12, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity Hacking News Healthcare Latest Security and tagged with | | | | | | | |

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When it comes to avoiding what can be incredibly damaging healthcare information data breaches, prevention over reaction is absolutely key.

In fact, just this morning, we’ve heard about the Labour Party reportedly being hit by a “large and sophisticated cyber-attack”. Our understanding is that the attack on its digital platforms failed, and the reason for the failure is reportedly due to the party’s “robust security systems”.

So, there you have it. Just as we’re about to give you our expert advice about the need for the healthcare sector to focus on prevention, we have just seen what may be the perfect example to compare it to. The long and short of it all is that all organisations must take all reasonable steps to ensure their cybersecurity is robust in order to prevent events taking place.

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How the BA data protection breach was easily avoidable

First published by Matthew on November 11, 2019 in the following categories: British Airways Data Breach Claims Cybersecurity Group Action Hacking News Security and tagged with | | | | |

new report uncovers councils lack of cybersecurity systems

We’ve said before that a part of the reason that we’re involved in the Group Action for the BA data protection breach is because we believe that the case for compensation is strong.

That’s why we have dedicated a great deal of our time and resources to the action, and have been appointed to the Steering Committee that’s conducting the litigation by order of the High Court of Justice.

We’ve talked a lot about how better data protection practices and more robust security could have prevented this breach. We’ve also talked about the fact that GDPR and earlier breaches like the Equifax hack and the Ticketmaster breach should have been warning enough for British Airways to have taken action. Had they have taken action, they could have prevented this colossal incident. And doing so could have been very simple, and incredibly cost-effective.

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