Category: Social Networking
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 apps | compensation | cyber attack | cyber crime | cybersecurity | medical apps | mobile | personal data | smart technology
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.
First published by Matthew on December 13, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Data Mobile Data Security Smartphones Social Networking Technology and tagged with apps | cybersecurity | data controllers | data leak | database security | personal data | smart technology | social media data breaches
There has been a large volume of gaming app data breaches in recent years, and it may well be a trend that’s set to continue as these kinds of apps grow in popularity.
Gaming apps are now used by millions across the world, and there are no doubt hundreds of even thousands of them to choose from worldwide. We’ve previously discussed the issues over many apps having poor security, which recently led to Facebook closing down links with hundreds of apps due to concerns.
Ultimately, people need to be careful. Not only do people need to consider who it is that’s going to be in charge of their personal information, but they also need to consider what happens if a security breach takes place.
First published by Matthew on September 06, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity GDPR Latest Security Social Networking and tagged with cybersecurity | data controllers | data leak | database security | facebook | online security | personal data | social media data breaches
There’s been yet another data leak that’s hit the social media giant. It’s reported that Facebook exposed telephone numbers for millions of users, including those in the UK.
This latest data leak comes after a long line of breaches and incidents that have plagued the social media giant over the last few years. It also comes after increased scrutiny from regulators around the world over things like their data sharing policies, with the Cambridge Analytica scandal still fresh on our minds.
Although Facebook appears to be trying to play down the scale of the leak, there’s no argument as to how serious this incident is.
First published by Matthew on May 20, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Security Social Networking and tagged with cybersecurity | data breach | data leak | online security | personal data | social media data breaches
A bug is said to be behind a recent Twitter data breach incident that has led to the location data for users being accidentally shared with a third-party.
This isn’t the first bug that’s led to a data breach for the popular social media platform. Just last year, 330 million users were advised to change their passwords after a bug potentially exposed them in plain text. News of this latest breach also comes at a time where Facebook and data protection incidents feel like they’re becoming the norm.
Once again we’re left wondering whether our data will ever be safe. There’s just so much information out there that’s being collected and shared about us, and when things go wrong, data breaches can easily occur.
First published by Matthew on May 09, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Hacking News Healthcare Mobile Data Security Smartphones Social Networking Technology and tagged with apps | cyber snooping | cybersecurity | healthcare sector | medical apps | personal data | smart technology
Questions have been raised over health apps data security, as research indicates that some apps may be leaking data and sharing information without users really knowing about it.
Recent studies indicated that many health apps are sharing information with dozens of companies, including to marketing companies and digital advertising firms. Questions have been raised over whether the privacy policies for these apps are clear enough in explaining just how far the data they collect and share goes.
At the end of the day, when you download a health app, it’s for your personal use for monitoring your wellbeing or tracking your medication intake, as examples. Is it really fair to expect that your data will then be shared far and wide, and passed to companies for marketing purposes?
First published by Matthew on April 04, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Latest Mobile Data Security Social Networking and tagged with cyber crime | cybersecurity | data controllers | database security | facebook | personal data | social media data breaches
Facebook user records exposed again! In yet another data breach that’s hit the social media giants, data for millions of users has been found on a publicly-accessible Amazon server.
This is one in a growing line of recent Facebook data breach incidents that has plagued the tech giants in recent years. This appears to be another case of third-party developers being responsible for the incident as well. It’s understood that the leaks involve Cultura Colectiva, a media firm, and an app named At The Pool.
Some of the data that has been exposed in this leak is worrying. It’s yet another warning about the dangers of sharing Facebook account information via apps and plugins. Facebook themselves cannot avoid responsibility for these incidents either.
First published by Matthew on March 29, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Data Latest Smartphones Social Networking Technology and tagged with cyber crime | cybersecurity | database security | facebook | online security | personal data | social media data breaches
The social media giant hasn’t had it easy lately, with a number of data breach incidents plaguing their public image. The recent revelations about the Facebook password data protection flaws is another headache to add to the pile.
It’s understood that some Facebook passwords have not been securely stored and have been accessible to thousands of Facebook employees. You would expect that one of the biggest social media platforms in the world would have the best protection for passwords, but this story suggests otherwise.
Users affected by the issue are set to be contacted by Facebook. This incident is one in a long line of recent data scandals Facebook has been embroiled in.
First published by Matthew on March 14, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Group Action Hacking News Scammers Security Social Networking and tagged with cyber attack | cyber crime | cyber snooping | cybersecurity | data breach | online security | personal data
The dangers of the Quora data breach cannot be understated, especially when the incident reportedly affected up to 100m users!
Just yesterday we wrote about the issue of reusing passwords and user credentials across multiple sites. Doing so can put you at far greater risks than you may even realise. One of the key things it means is that your credentials breached in an attack could be used to break into other platforms you use. Facebook is a prime example with billions of users and a feature that lets you log into other platforms using your Facebook credentials.
On that basis, the dangers of an incident like this Quora one simply cannot be understated.
First published by Matthew on March 13, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Data Info Scammers Security Social Networking and tagged with cyber attack | cyber crime | cybersecurity | data breach | online security | personal data
Thousands of people have contacted us for help with data breach claims. Victims can be entitled to make a claim for compensation. The risks of reusing passwords is one of the first things people may need to consider.
The advice is to never reuse the same passwords and user credentials across different platforms. Despite this, people still do it. It means that being the victim of one simple breach could lead to several accounts being accessed. In fact, it could even mean those credentials are used to hack into a business you are employed with.
There’s a great deal that many people may not consider when it comes to reusing passwords and usernames. The mindset needs to change!
First published by Matthew on March 07, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Data Hacking News Latest Social Networking and tagged with cyber attack | cyber crime | cybersecurity | database security | online security | personal data
The Coffee Meets Bagel data breach was unfortunately revealed on Valentine’s Day. I.e. a dating app revealed a breach on the day of love and romance…
With the data breach reportedly having happened on 11th February 2019, I suppose its just a case of bad timing that notifications ended up being on Valentine’s Day. Either way, the American-based dating service that is used in the UK has suffered a breach.
This isn’t the first dating website that has been targeted for a data breach. We doubt it will be the last as well.