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 August 27, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Healthcare and tagged with apps | compensation | healthcare sector | medical apps | medical data breach | medical records | nhs
As expert Data Leak Lawyers who specialise and focus on data protection compensation claims, we believe that people ought to be concerned about health app data breaches.
There are many ways these breaches can occur, and when it comes to medical data, we’re talking about some of the most private and sensitive information there is.
The app market continues to grow, and the popularity of health apps is understood to be on the rise as well. Ultimately, the companies behind these apps could be gathering – and maybe even sharing – more data than many people realise. On top of that, the risks of leaks and hacks is a cause for concern.
First published by Matthew on May 16, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Data Hacking News Latest Security Smartphones Technology and tagged with apps | cyber attack | cyber crime | cybersecurity | data leak | personal data | spyware
This week, we discovered that a vulnerability had been exploited and was used as part of the well-publicised WhatsApp security breach.
Arguably, news of this latest data breach couldn’t have come at a worse time for the owners of the messaging platform, Facebook, who remain embroiled in data and privacy issues that have arisen in the last few years. WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption that was enacted recently has perhaps made us all feel a little more secure when using the messaging service, but this week’s hack has been cause for alarm.
The vulnerability is said to have been resolved, but with unknown numbers of people affected, should we be worried?
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?
We’re representing clients in the We-vibe claim action who were victims of the data breach where their personal and intimate information was collected without consent.
We’ve been pursuing claims for a while now having agreed to act for people on a No Win, No Fee basis. We’re not just registering interests and information; we’re actively pursuing claims.
If you’ve yet to start a case, you’re still in time to join the action. We’re still getting inquiries for new cases, and it’s not too late to get started. We do recommend that you initiate your claim sooner rather than later, so here’s some information on how you can get started.
First published by Matthew on April 24, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Group Action Hacking News Technology and tagged with apps | cyber snooping | cybersecurity | data breach | Group Action | personal data | smart technology | we-vibe
You may have heard about the We-vibe app class action in the U.S., where the makers of the sex toy have been ordered to pay millions in compensation.
In the U.K., we’ve been running our own legal action since news of the data breach hit the headlines a few years ago. This is one of the dozens of different data breach actions our lawyers are fighting for justice in, and we act for a large group of victims claiming data breach compensation as a victim of the We-vibe app breach.
Although we’ve been acting for people for a number of years, it’s not too late to join the action if you’ve yet to sign up. In the U.K., the case is at a different stage to that of the U.S.
First published by Matthew on February 28, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Hacking News Mobile Data Scammers Security and tagged with apps | cyber crime | cybersecurity | online security | personal data
The typical answer as to the popular question “is your phone recording you?” is often “no”, according to many. However, you may not be aware that some things can be recorded, and you may not be aware of it.
According to a recent investigation by TechCrunch and The App Analyst, some popular apps may be recording user data without proper – or more explicit – permission or understanding. The investigation reportedly looked at a range of apps and found ways in which the companies or the developers could record and store data they may not have permission for.
That’s worrying; especially in the era of continual breaches linked to apps, and ongoing concerns as to how much the likes of Siri or Alexa are taking in when they’re waiting for our commands…
First published by Matthew on February 21, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Data GDPR Hacking News ICO Latest Security Technology and tagged with apps | cyber attack | cyber crime | cybersecurity | online security | personal data
A Deliveroo data breach “incident” is said to have been reported to the ICO who have confirmed that they’re making inquiries.
Back in 2016, the food delivery company faced scrutiny after customers complained of fraudulent transactions on their accounts. In some cases, it appeared the issues were down to people’s credentials being stolen in hacks completely separate to Deliveroo. Criminals had used stolen credentials to access accounts in cases where credentials were reused.
Deliveroo were subsequently criticised over what some customers felt was a failure to spot and stop fraudulent transactions. In this latest incident, it appears that history may be repeating itself.
First published by Matthew on February 19, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Data Hacking News Scammers Security Social Networking and tagged with apps | cyber crime | cybersecurity | online security | personal data
News of an OkCupid data breach has been denied by the company, although a “bug” has reportedly been found by a security firm anyway.
Some users reportedly complained of their accounts being hacked and taken over. As a result of a lack of additional security, like two-factor authentication – a lack of security apparently common in the dating site industry – some users were successfully targeted by criminals.
However, OkCupid denies that a security breach has taken place. That being said, a “bug” was reportedly identified by security researchers and has apparently been fixed.