Hyatt launches bug bounty programs to uncover security vulnerabilities

Soon after Marriott International announced that a massive data breach it suffered last year compromised approximately 383 million data records, including 5.25 million unique unencrypted passport numbers, Hyatt announced that it is launching a new bug bounty programme to plug security weaknesses in its customer-facing platforms. Launched in partnership with HackerOne, the bug bounty programme will […]

Vision Direct hack puts customers’ money at risk

Vision Direct says a hack attack has exposed thousands of its customers’ personal data including payment card numbers, expiry dates and CVV codes. The contact lens retailer said anyone who had entered their details into its site between 3 and 8 November could be affected. It added that it had identified 16,300 people as being at […]

Heathrow fined by the ICO over USB stick data breach

Heathrow Airport has been fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office for “serious” data protection failings. It comes after a staff member lost a USB stick last October containing “sensitive personal data”, which was later found by a member of the public. Reports at the time claimed this included the Queen’s security and travel arrangements, […]

Morrisons appealing over staff data leak compensation

A legal battle for compensation by thousands of Morrisons staff whose personal details were posted online by a disgruntled employee has reached the Court of Appeal. The High Court ruled last year that the supermarket was liable for the release of information and its employees were entitled to compensation. The case is the first data leak […]

Uber to pay $148M over data breach cover up

Ride-hailing firm Uber is paying $148m (£113m) to settle legal action over a cyber-attack that exposed data from 57 million customers and drivers. The massive breach happened in 2016 but Uber sought to hide it from regulators. The company paid the hackers behind the intrusion $100,000 to delete the data they grabbed from Uber’s cloud […]

Consumers not impressed by Blockchain: And most don’t even know what it is

If you are thinking that the new blockchain solution adopted by your organisation to protect sensitive data will improve your organisation’s cyber security credentials in the eyes of consumers, research indicates that British consumers don’t place a lot of trust in blockchain and some, in fact, view the new technology with suspicion. A study by […]

Timehop breach exposes millions of user details

Social media tool Timehop has announced a major data breach, with sensitive personal data of millions of customers exposed. The service which puts people on the nostalgia train with old social media content has been hacked, and data on 21 million people exposed. That data includes phone numbers, usernames and email addresses. The company said no financial data […]