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UK Supreme Court says employer not liable for data breach by a disgruntled employee

The U.K.’s top court ruled that a British supermarket can’t be held responsible for a data breach by a disgruntled employee who leaked personal details of thousands of staff members online.

The Supreme Court concluded that the Court of Appeal had misunderstood the principles governing vicarious liability in their previous judgments in the case. This decision sets aside a significant liability risk which had arisen following the previous decisions in the case.

Source: Morrisons Wins U.K. Supreme Court Ruling Over 2014 Data Breach – Bloomberg

Key Ring data leak exposes millions of user details

Key Ring, an app that lets people upload and store card details, has left the information of millions of users exposed, according to researchers at vpnMentor.

Key Ring claims 14 million North Americas have used its app to upload scans and photos of cards to digital folders that they can access as needed.

Source: Key Ring data leak exposes millions of user details, say researcher…

Marriott says new data breach affects 5.2 million guests

Marriott says guests’ names, loyalty account information and other personal details may have been accessed in the second major data breach to hit the company in less than two years.

approximately 5.2 million guests worldwide may have been affected. The information taken may have included names, addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, loyalty information for linked companies like airlines and room preferences. Marriott said it’s still investigating but it doesn’t believe credit card information, passport numbers or driver’s license information was accessed.

Source: Marriott says new data breach affects 5.2 million guests

Personal details for the entire country of Georgia published online

A file containing personal information for 4,934,863 Georgians has been published on a hacker forum over the weekend.

Personal information such as full names, home addresses, dates of birth, ID numbers, and mobile phone numbers were shared online in a 1.04 GB MDB (Microsoft Access database) file.

Source: Personal details for the entire country of Georgia published online | ZDNet

Over 172 Million Weibo Users’ Personal Data Is For Sale on Dark Web

Personal data of over 172 million users of Chinese social media platform Weibo is for sale on dark web and it’s priced in Bitcoin.

The account information for sale included user ID, number of Weibo posts, number of fans and followers, gender and geographical location.

Source: Over 172 Million Weibo Users’ Personal Data Is For Sale on Dark Web

Unidentified Database Exposes 200 Million Americans

The CyberNews research team uncovered an unsecured database owned by an unidentified party, comprising 800 gigabytes of personal user information.

The database in question was left on a publicly accessible server and contained more than 200 million detailed user records, putting an astonishing number of people at risk.

Source: Unidentified Database Exposes 200 Million Americans | CyberNews

Half a million private, legal and financial documents leaked online

An unsecured database has leaked over 500,000 highly sensitive documents leaving many at risk of fraud and theft.

The database appears to be linked to an iOS and Android app, MCA Wizard, which is developed by two fintech companies Argus Capital Funding and Advantage Capital Funding.

Source: #Privacy: Half a million private, legal and financial documents leaked online

Five billion records exposed in open ‘data breach database’

More than five billion records were exposed after a Keepnet Labs Elasticsearch “data breach database” housing a trove of security incidents from the last seven years was left unprotected.

the leak is potentially one of the biggest to date. Information exposed from Keepnet Lab’s Elasticsearch database is more than enough fodder for hackers to launch targeted phishing attacks, engage in account takeover fraud, or even make a profit by selling the data on the dark web.

Source: Five billion records exposed in open ‘data breach database’ | SC Media

Cost of data loss per organization surpassed $1M in the past year

Businesses now manage an average of 13.53 petabytes of data, but struggle to keep it secure.

Within the last 12 months, the total cost of data loss has reached an average of more than $1 million per organization, Dell Technologies found. Companies now manage 13.53 petabytes on average, a whopping 831% increase since 2016.

Despite businesses managing nearly 40% more data than they were a year ago, the majority (81%) of professionals said their current data protection solutions aren’t good enough. Dell’s Global Data Protection Index 2020 Snapshot evaluated the challenges associated with advancing technologies, as well as the security readiness of organizations.

Source: Dell: Cost of data loss per organization surpassed $1M in the past year – TechRepublic

Cathay Pacific fined £500,000 for failing to secure its customers’ personal data

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Cathay Pacific Airways Limited £500,000 for failing to protect the security of its customers’ personal data.

Between October 2014 and May 2018 Cathay Pacific’s computer systems lacked appropriate security measures which led to customers’ personal details being exposed, 111,578 of whom were from the UK, and approximately 9.4 million more worldwide.

Source: International airline fined £500,000 for failing to secure its customers’ personal data | ICO

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