Legal help for data breach compensation claims

Guntrader hack – claim in the data breach compensation action

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We are taking forward claims for data breach compensation for victims of the recently publicised Guntrader hack that has resulted in the personal information of UK gun owners being exposed.

The Guntrader cyberattack is understood to impact as many as 100,000 records and could expose the details of UK gun owners who have used the website Guntrader.co.uk. The company is understood to have learned of the incident on 19th July 2021, and the matter has been referred to the UK’s data regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Your Lawyers – as leading data leak compensation experts – can represent eligible victims of the Guntrader data breach on a No Win, No Fee basis. You can speak to the team here now for free, no-obligation advice.

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Remote working cybersecurity

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Despite the fact that many organisations transitioned to remote working over a year ago, some are still not on top of the cybersecurity issues posed by working from home. As many firms look to continue with remote working in some capacity even with lockdown restrictions largely over, remote working cybersecurity is set to become a long-term priority.

However, some organisations have failed to grasp the different security challenges brought by remote working. Though there are increased IT difficulties in the current climate, no allowances can be made. All organisations must abide by the same data protection regulations that apply to office working.

Regardless of the circumstances in which it was caused, anyone affected by a data breach may be able to claim compensation for any harm caused. If you wish to make an enquiry about a potential data breach claim, you can contact our expert team for free, no-obligation advice.

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Cybersecurity in the education sector

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The education sector is being increasingly targeted by cyberattacks, with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) issuing a warning regarding the rising incidence of criminal attacks in late March. Primary schools, secondary schools and higher educational institutions all hold a wide variety of private information, some of which can be highly sensitive in nature. Ensuring good cybersecurity in the education sector is, therefore, of paramount importance to ensure the privacy and safety of both staff and students.

While some cyberattacks can be difficult to prevent, it can sometimes be the case that organisations have failed to ensure that their systems are secure enough, allowing hackers a point of easy access. When this occurs, the organisation in question may have breached data protection law.

It is essential that schools and universities do their bit to protect the information that they store and process, or they risk exposing staff and students to data misuse. Anyone who has been put in this vulnerable situation may be eligible to claim compensation for the harm caused, so do not hesitate to contact us if you think that you may have a claim to make.

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Rising healthcare cyberattacks

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On top of the Covid-19 pandemic, healthcare organisations across the globe have also had to contend with rising healthcare cyberattacks since the outbreak began. Cybercriminals, perceiving that attention was diverted to managing the virus, have perhaps seen the pandemic as an opportunity to target hospitals and healthcare organisations under strain. The need for strong cybersecurity in the NHS has, therefore, never been more urgent.

Unfortunately, the NHS has not been known for good cybersecurity and data protection measures in the past, having suffered a number of severe cyberattacks and data breaches in recent years. One of the most infamous incidents was the WannaCry ransomware attack of 2017, where the NHS was said to be more susceptible to this attack due to a failure to follow cybersecurity recommendations.

Even within the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is no excuse for poor data protection by healthcare organisations, and the government must step in where funding is an issue. It is vital that action is taken to tackle the short-term threat, as well as planning for the future of cyberattacks.

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The dangers of identity theft

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Identity theft commonly describes a situation in which a person’s information is stolen by criminals in a way that gives them insight into that person’s identity, and how this can then be copied or abused. The dangers of identity theft can be severe and long-lasting, which is why data breaches can be so harmful to those affected when it comes to this kind of information being exposed.

If a third-party organisation fails to protect your private information, resulting in data exposure, you may become vulnerable to a number of security risks as a consequence of this negligence. No one should have to face these dangers, as every UK citizen is entitled to sufficient data protection in accordance with the law. This means that those affected by data breaches could be eligible to claim compensation to achieve justice for the harm caused.

If you have suffered from identity theft or any other security risk due to a data breach, you can contact our specialist data breach team for advice on your potential claim.

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Manchester City Council caught up in international cyberattacks

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The head of Manchester City Council has recently reported that the local authority’s IT systems have been subjected to regular cyberattacks in recent times. Richard Leese described how the council has reportedly been hit by concerted attacks recently, and he believes that other councils may be falling victim to the same kinds of issues.

The council chair’s warning to other local authorities highlights the importance of cyberattack prevention and response strategies, particularly in terms of how there is a need for a shared approach. Despite their sometimes small and local scale, councils cannot expect to avoid assaults on their systems and networks. Hackers can be indiscriminate in their targets, seeking to hit as many organisations as possible in the hopes of data theft and financial gain.

With councils facing a significant threat of cybercrime, it is essential that all local authorities comply with data protection law to produce effective methods of protecting the personal information they hold. If they are found to be responsible for data exposure, they may be in breach of the law, and the victims of the breach may be entitled to claim compensation for the harm caused.

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Dyfed-Powys police officer misusing information

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A misconduct hearing at Dyfed-Powys Police has reportedly told of a police officer misusing information for non-professional purposes.

The personal details in question are understood to have been taken when the officer fined a woman for a breach of Covid restrictions. If the special officer in question had not resigned before the hearing, he would likely have lost his job over the misuse of personal information.

As citizens, we have a right to trust that police officers use our information solely for the purposes of law enforcement. If they ever take advantage of the information, they have access to, it can constitute gross professional misconduct and a breach of data protection law. Anyone who has had their data exposed or misused by the police may be able to claim compensation for the harm caused.

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Leaving patient records unsecured

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Serving millions of patients across the UK, the NHS stores swathes of medical records in its databases. When correctly configured and protected, these databases can ensure that patients’ records are not subjected to unauthorised access or misuse. But, when errors are made, leaving patient records unsecured can have profound consequences for those affected.

The sensitivity of medical data can make it a prime target for hackers and fraudsters, so healthcare organisations have a duty to their patients to ensure that no private records fall into the wrong hands. However, even minor cybersecurity mistakes have been known to cause mass information exposure in the NHS.

Those affected by healthcare data breaches can be severely affected, but making a claim can enable victims to recover compensation for the harm caused. We have helped many victims of medical data breaches to make compensation claims, so contact us for free, no-obligation advice if you think you may have a claim to make.

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ForHousing and Liberty cyberattack

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ForHousing and Liberty, two organisations within a social housing group based in Salford, have recently been hit by a cyberattack that may have resulted in data exposure. Part of the ForViva group, both ForHousing and Liberty were reportedly hit by a ransomware hack this July, potentially compromising what is said to be a small amount of information.

The ForViva group has sought to minimise the significance of the incident in its public statements, but breaches like these must not be so readily underestimated. When private information is exposed to cybercriminals, there can be serious repercussions for those affected, whose data may be misused for all kinds of manipulative and fraudulent purposes.

Your Lawyers – The Data Leak Lawyers – are leading specialists in privacy and data breach claims, having represented clients in this area of law since 2014. From our extensive experience of supporting clients, we know how worrying it can be to learn that you have become the victim of a cyberattack, which is why we are here to help those affected by incidents like these to claim the compensation they deserve.

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Council debt chasing data breach

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A report by The Register has revealed that text messages sent by council agents en masse to UK taxpayers may have been exposing their personal data to unrestricted access. The external agency Telsolutions Ltd reportedly developed the SMS system for the purposes of chasing debts, but allegedly failed to impose basic security measures. This has apparently made it easy for users to manipulate the links sent in the text messages. This example of a council debt chasing data breach could, therefore, be a sign of a fundamentally inadequate approach to data protection.

It is unclear if anyone took advantage of the security loophole, and if so, how many people chose to do so. Nevertheless, its existence can be enough to cause concern for anyone contacted by local councils in this manner, particularly given the vulnerable situations some alleged tax defaulters may be in.

Your Lawyers, as specialists in data protection law, is disappointed to hear that a number of councils may have again failed to take the precautions necessary to protect their residents’ private information. We help data breach victims to claim compensation for the harm caused, so you can contact us for advice if you think you may have a claim to make.

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