In August 2018 globally, there were approximately 215 million leaked data records. Seldom does a week go by without a major data breach being reported. As organisations continue to struggle to secure their valuable data against an ever-growing range of threats, the fear of a breach is keeping any chief information security officer (CISO) worth their salt up at night.
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The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has forced many of them to improve their data protection practices, but high-profile breaches are still occurring. Here are some of the more significant recent breaches within the United Kingdom.
On September 25th 2018, Facebook discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts. Hackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code which allowed hackers to steal Facebook access tokens that could then be used to take over people’s accounts.
Facebook could face £1.25 billion fine under GDPR for their latest data breach.
As the Conservative Party conference was about to begin, those in attendance found that there was a glaring security hole in the official conference app - allowing a journalist to access Boris Johnson's mobile number.
British Airways said personal and financial details of approximately 380,000 customers making or changing bookings had been compromised, did not include travel or passport details.
British Airways could face a £420 million fine under GDPR for their current data breach.
As many as 34,000 guests at British holiday resort Butlin's have had their personal details accessed by hackers in a major data breach.
No payment details were accessed according to the company however names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses were all compromised.
The data breach discovered by Dixons Carphone in June 2018 was much more severe than it had originally thought, putting the compromised accounts number at 10 million compared to the earlier estimate of 1.2 million.
It maintains that there has been no evidence of fraud, but the original breach was notable in that in addition to personal information being stolen, attackers also made off with payment card details - as many as 5.9 million. Most of these were protected by chip and pin but some were not.
Ticketing and events business Ticketmaster UK has said that up to five percent of its global customer base, outside of the USA, might have had their personal details and payment details compromised as part of an attack on a third party the company used.
Their Twitter account appears to confirm the breach.
In a statement, the company said that Ticketmaster UK “identified malicious software on a customer support product hosted by Ibenta Technologies, an external third-party supplier to Ticketmaster.”
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