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Incorrectly configured databases could lead to swathes of personal information being misused or exposed. Anyone affected by such an incident could be entitled to pursue compensation now.
Your Lawyers, as Leading Data Leak Lawyers, represent thousands of people for cases where this exact scenario has happened, and we can pursue claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. You can find out more about your entitlement to pursue compensation as the victim of a data breach by contacting our expert team for free, no-obligation legal advice here now.
The dangers of incorrectly configured databases could result in information access events that are not authorised. This could result in the exposure of a significant amount of information.
It can only take one flaw in the cybersecurity of an organisation and hackers could find a way to exploit the weakness and steal a great deal of information. Given that databases tend to include a lot of information, as that is their purpose, a single flaw in the security of a database could result in a monumental breach of private information.
All organisations must be conscious of the risks of incorrectly configured databases, and they must ensure that they have policies, procedures and systems in place to prevent such events from taking place. Despite the clarity in respect of the GDPR, and the onus on organisations to get data protection right, we still see events that were completely avoidable when simple errors have resulted in huge security flaws.
It is important to know that hackers will use simple methods to try to search for easily accessible information rather than trying to break into difficult databases. Incorrectly configured databases can essentially lead to an “open season” scenario where hackers can easily access information to exploit it.
If you have been affected by a data breach and your private information has been misused or exposed, the law can entitle you to claim compensation. The GDPR can allow you to recover damages for any distress that has been caused by the loss of control of your personal information, and this is what most people will pursue a legal case for. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer losses and expenses as well, these can be considered, but they are not essential to pursue a claim.
For eligible clients, we can pursue claims on a No Win, No Fee basis and our average compensation settlement is £6,000 in damages alone, so it is well worth your time pursuing a case. The best thing to do is contact our team for free, no-obligation legal advice about how we can help you here today.
The Virgin Media data breach compensation action we are pursuing claims on behalf of thousands of people for was a recent example of how a database that had been incorrectly configured could lead to a massive privacy incident. In this data leak, the configuration error resulted in the information of 900,000 people being left exposed and accessible online for a period of 10 months between April 2019 and February 2020. The leak was discovered by a third-party security researcher but, unfortunately, the database had already been accessed by another unknown person by the time the issue was rectified.
You can read more about our Virgin Media data breach compensation action here.
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