The worst data disasters of 2015

From someone who ran over their device with a lawnmower to someone who previously lost data, only to never back up their system and lose it all over again, this new compilation from Kroll Ontrack charts the worst data disaster of 2015. For the last 13 years, Kroll...

UK Govt. offers top firms free cyber ‘health check’

A Cyber Governance Health Check has been launched by Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey this week, aimed at helping the UK’s biggest companies defend themselves against cyber attacks. The UK’s 350 largest businesses – FTSE 350 firms – are being urged to...

TalkTalk hack to cost up to £35m

TalkTalk is offering all its customers a free upgrade to compensate for the recent cyber attack, in which thousands of people’s personal data was leaked online. Hackers attacked the TalkTalk website on October 21 and accessed the personal details of almost...

Swiss email firm pays $6000 ransom to hackers

A secure-email firm, based in Switzerland, has paid a ransom of $6000 (£3,600) after web attacks crippled its website. The hi-tech criminals behind the web attacks said the payment would stop the deluge of data hitting the site. But despite paying up, the web attacks...

TalkTalk hackers demand ransom: User bank details stolen?

A ransom demand has been received by ISP TalkTalk following a major cyber attack in which hackers may have seen sensitive customer data. Credit card and bank account details could have been stolen in a “significant and sustained” attack on the TalkTalk...

Amazon sues 1,114 fake reviewers

Amazon is taking legal action against more than 1,100 people for allegedly posting fake reviews on its website in return for $5 payment. The online retailer’s lawsuit, filed in a state court in Seattle, cites 1,114 defendants for “tarnishing Amazon’s...

Safe Harbour struck down by EU Court of Justice

In a dramatic judgement, the European Court of Justice has struck down the Safe Harbour agreement that has allowed companies to transfer data to the US. But while the ruling has potentially serious impact in the long term, marketers don’t need to panic just yet. While...