Healthcare cyberattacks can be common and they can be absolutely devastating for the victims whose personal data is misused or exposed.
The sector is a target for hackers, and the coronavirus pandemic appears to have led to increased numbers of attacks. The wealth of incredibly personal and sensitive data combined with a lack of funding, especially for public sector healthcare, means the risks of these kinds of attacks taking place can be significant.
One thing is for sure: victims of a medical data breach should never suffer in silence. The law is there to make sure that victims can receive the justice that they deserve, and we are here to help. As a leading firm of data breach and consumer action lawyers, we can be your voice for justice.
If you’ve been the victim of a data breach and your debit or credit card details are exposed, you have rights. You may be eligible to make a claim for compensation, and we may be able to help you.
A number of the group and multi-party actions that we’re fighting for justice in involve payment card information being compromised. It can lead to significant distress or the victim, as well the clear risk of fraud and theft. We’re often in the media as a ‘go-to’ name for journalists when it comes to serious data breach events and people’s rights, so this is an issue we frequently talk about.
Criminals targeting payment data is a serious and widespread problem. Victims can access the justice that they deserve, and we are here to help.
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.
Council ransomware attacks are on the rise given that ransomware, in general, is a rising problem, with many hackers targeting the public sector. It’s important that victims know their rights when their information has been misused or exposed, and what we can do to help.
No one should suffer in silence when their privacy rights are violated. Organisations that store and process our data – including councils and local authority agencies – must do all they can to uphold data protection laws. When they fail to do this, victims can be entitled to make a claim for data breach compensation with us on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Here’s how we can help.
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.
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.
Digitalisation is generally seen as a good thing, but in a day and age when data breaches are so common, should we be concerned when it comes to increasing use of NHS digital technologies?
Like many other industries, the growing use of technology can be great. We can reduce costs and wastage, increase efficiency, and make communication – which is vital – slick and smooth. When it comes to the healthcare industry, increasing use of technology and digitalisation could arguably save lives and improve patient care.
But with increasing digitalisation comes increasing vulnerability for technology to be exploited. Without adequate defences in place, it can be open season for criminals and fraudsters.
There are still so many worries when it comes to another NHS cyber breach event like we saw with the 2017 WannaCry incident that crippled many parts of our healthcare service.
Last week, we covered the most recent study that was focused on ongoing vulnerabilities and whether we’re set to see another huge event that could affect millions of people in the UK. And a lot of the worries stem from the simple fact that there’s not always enough funding in place for proper cybersecurity. In fact, cost-cutting can subsequently lead to even greater vulnerabilities.
We can’t change the fact that vulnerabilities may not be the focus for the government. But what we can do is make sure that victims of an NHS cyber breach can access the legal help and representation they need.
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.
As the issue of rising cybercrime costs hits the news again, we want to make sure that the focus isn’t shifted away from those who can be hit the worst when an incident takes place; the victims.
Although organisations can end up paying significant costs in dealing with the fallout of a data breach incident, it’s the victims whose personal and sensitive information has been exposed. It’s the victims who must suffer with the distress caused by the loss of control over their information. And it’s the victims who we focus on when we represent them for claims for data breach compensation.
Importantly, victims can be entitled to claim compensation when their information is misused or exposed. Data breach compensation pay-outs are separate to fines and costs and are designed to ensure the victims are properly compensated.