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Toy firm VTech fined $650,000 over data breach

Electronic toymaker VTech will pay $ 650,000 (£480,000) to settle charges that it failed to protect the privacy of children using its gadgets. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) levelled the charges at VTech following a data breach in 2015. While investigating the breach, the FTC found the firm had broken US laws governing the way data about children is gathered. The FTC said VTech also “failed to take reasonable steps” to secure that data. ‘Falling short’ VTech gathered a lot of data about children via its Kid Connect app…

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Crytek Sues Star Citizen Developer For Breach of Contract

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Star Citizen’s development process has been fraught, with marked disagreement among both developers and the gaming community over whether Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) can actually bring its incredibly ambitious product to market. One rare point of agreement among the various parties is Chris Roberts’ decision to use the Crytek engine for a space sim as complex as Star Citizen is didn’t pan out well, and the CIG team had to spend a great deal of…

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Millions caught in virtual keyboard app data breach

Security researchers claim to have found the personal data of 31 million Android users of the keyboard app Ai.type after finding an open database online. The app offers themed keyboards for phones and tablets. The researchers claimed data left visible included names, phone numbers, locations and Google queries. The boss of the Israeli company behind the app admitted the breach but said most of the data was not sensitive. Bob Diachenko, from the Kromtech Security Centre, part of security company Mackeeper, said the amount of data required by the app…

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Morrisons data leak: Supermarket liable for staff details breach

Morrisons has been found liable for the actions of a former member of its staff who stole the data of thousands of employees and posted it online. Workers brought a claim against the company after employee Andrew Skelton stole the data, including salary and bank details, of nearly 100,000 staff. The High Court ruling now allows those affected to claim compensation for the “upset and distress” caused. The case is believed to be the first data leak class action in the UK. More on this and other Yorkshire stories Let’s…

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Uber says 2.7m Brits hit by breach that was covered up

Uber has revealed that 2.7 million British riders and drivers were affected by a 2016 data breach that it covered up for more than a year. A total of 57 million worldwide had data exposed in the breach, but the firm had not specified how many were UK-based before. The stolen information includes names, email addresses and phone numbers and – for drivers – licence numbers. Uber should notify UK users who have been affected, the data regulator said. According to Uber, the 2.7 million figure is “approximate rather than…

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Technology 

UK regulator has 'huge concerns' over Uber breach

The UK’s information commissioner has “huge concerns about Uber’s data policies and ethics” following a breach that exposed the details of 57 million customers and drivers. Uber did not tell anyone about the breach and paid a ransom to hackers to delete the data. Deputy commissioner James Dipple-Johnson said these actions were unacceptable. The ride-sharing company has a resource page for those who may be affected. “It’s always the company’s responsibility to identify when UK citizens have been affected as part of a data breach and take steps to reduce…

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Cash Converters reveals customer data breach

High Street pawnbroker Cash Converters has warned customers about a data breach on its website. The company said customer usernames, passwords and addresses had potentially been accessed by a third party. The data breach exposed accounts on the company’s old UK website, which was replaced in September 2017. The company told the BBC it was taking the breach “extremely seriously” and had reported it to the information commissioner. Cash Converters lets people trade in items such as jewellery and electronics for cash, and then sells the items on to others….

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