Legal help for data breach compensation claims

Category: Malware

Hospital ransomware attacks: rights for victims

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It’s important for victims to know their rights when it comes to hospital ransomware attacks, as this usually involves a great deal of personal and sensitive data.

Medical data breach compensation claims are one of the most common types of individual legal cases that we take forward. We represent thousands of clients, and those whose healthcare information has been misused or exposed tend to suffer significantly. This is why we do what we do: to make sure that the victims have a voice when data protection laws have been broken.

As a leading firm of consumer action and data breach compensation experts, here’s how we can help people.

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Online fraud compensation claims

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Online fraud compensation claims are growing as criminals are making use of e-skimming hacks to steal payment card information in real-time.

When you withdraw money from an ATM or make a card purchase in a shop, you can shield the keypad when you enter your pin and keep an eye over your shoulder for anything suspicious. You may also be able to tell if there’s something dodgy on the ATM or card reader that could indicate it’s not secure.

But when you’re shopping online or in an app, you can’t really take those kinds of precautions. People are at increasing risks of e-skimming which involves card information being stolen in real-time online, so here’s our advice for what victims can do.

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Fraudsters targeting first-time buyers

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According to credit-reference agency Experian, there are increasing incidents of fraudsters targeting first-time buyers, and some of it can be related to data breaches.

As a firm of expert data breach compensation lawyers, this news doesn’t come as a surprise to us at all. First-time buyers can be vulnerable to the kinds of tricks and scams that criminals can pull off, particularly because of being thrown into the world of owning a home for the first time. Criminals could pose as a number of organisations or parties, and they could use information from data breaches to convince people that they’re the real deal.

This kind of problem demonstrates how bad a simple data breach can actually be for a victim when criminals use even small bits of seemingly “harmless” data that has been exposed in a breach to do serious damage.

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Hackers putting monitoring implants in iPhones

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A seriously concerning security flaw has been discovered which has reportedly allowed hackers to covertly put so-called monitoring implants in iPhones.

The vulnerability is said to have been discovered in January 2019, with Apple releasing a security patch in February 2019. It’s understood that Google’s external ‘white hat’ security team, known as Project Zero, are responsible for identifying the flaw.

There may be thousands upon thousands of people whose phones have been compromised in a way that could allow hackers to have had access to a disturbing wealth of information.

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Cyber-attack compensation claims advice

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You can be eligible to make a claim for cyber-attack compensation if your data has been exposed as a result of a hack.

Ultimately, the law is clear in terms of the responsibility organisations have to safeguard the data that they store and process. It’s their job to ensure that they have proper cybersecurity in place to prevent a breach incident taking place, and if they fail to do so, victims are well within their rights to justice.

A lot of the group actions and multi-party legal cases we’re involved in have stemmed from cyber-attacks. This includes some of the big-name examples like British Airways, Equifax and Ticketmaster.

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NHS email cyber-attacks at alarming numbers

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Official records from NHS Digital reportedly show an alarming number of NHS email cyber-attacks, with the healthcare service said to have been hit by over 11 million in the last three years.

The data for the number of attacks that were successfully blocked was at a staggering 11,352,000 in the last three years. Although we can be positive about the fact that these attacks are those that were successfully stopped, the figures show the significant number of attacks that are taking place, and how much of a target the public healthcare system is.

The NHS was one of the worst-hit victims of the 2017 WannaCry incident as well. With them being such a target, what can be done when successful cyber-attacks take place?

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Rising funds transfer fraud incidents

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Data suggests that there’s been a rise of funds transfer fraud (FTF) in the UK, and with real-time and faster payment processes commonplace these days, we’re not surprised.

Incidents of funds transfer fraud can be linked with data breaches as well. Whether it’s a bank or financial institution that’s hacked – the Tesco data breach being one example – or a scam that’s linked to a data breach, we have to ask the question: what more could have been done, and who’s responsible?

It can only take a little bit of information in the wrong hands to do some serious damage. People have fallen victim to scams that are directly related to big data breach incidents. A rise in FTF is a concern.

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Banking data breach compensation advice

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We may be able to offer you a No Win, No Fee arrangement for a banking data breach compensation claim.

The risks of falling victim to a banking data breach are obvious. With so much ease of access to our finances, it can be simple for hackers and criminals to exploit the ease of access to steal money directly from accounts.

Although you have a duty to ensure that you’re vigilant to avoid giving information to hackers, there are ways criminal can get hold of information and use it against you. If your information has been leaked, breached or hacked, you may be eligible to make a claim for data breach compensation if a bank is responsible.

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Will we see more online gaming data breach incidents?

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Given the scale of this growing market, which is becoming increasingly monetised with in-game purchases often the norm now, we may see increases in online gaming data breach incidents.

When you look under the surface of the gaming industry, there are a number of reasons to feel concerned. The revelations about Fortnite hacking (or Fortnite cracking as it’s often referred to) is worrying. Some youngsters are making a mint by hacking into accounts and then making use of the often-hard-earned digital property the original account user had amassed as they sell accounts on.

Online gaming is on the rise. This could put a bigger target on their back for the cybercriminals and fraudsters who can exploit gamers with ransom demands and account takeovers.

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Police Federation of England and Wales data breach

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The (PFEW) Police Federation of England and Wales data breach incidents were announced earlier this month, and they’re potentially huge. The PFEW cyber attacks may have affected 120,000 police employees.

Although PFEW say that they don’t believe any information was exposed, they cannot rule it out. For the potential victims of the breaches, this isn’t helpful. It’s hard enough these days being on the police force with constant cuts and under-staffing.

This kind of added stress in the current environment of policing isn’t helpful at all.

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