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Data watchdog investigates ‘bin Chequers’ email campaign

Guardian Security - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 3:59am
Ads by secretive organisation Mainstream Network may have breached personal privacy rules

A secretive group that has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds encouraging voters to back a hard Brexit is being investigated by Britain’s data watchdog, it has emerged.

MPs had already raised concerns about the activities of the anonymous Mainstream Network group, whose ads and website encourage readers to “chuck Chequers”, referring to Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal. It is has been estimated that it could have spent up to £250,000 on the ads.

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Defence shipbuilder Austal hit with data breach and extortion attempt

Guardian Security - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 5:13pm

Attacker tried to sell certain materials on the internet but shipbuilder insists there is no evidence of theft of national security information

Defence shipbuilder Austal’s Australian business has been hit with a data breach and extortion attempt but insists there is no evidence of theft of national security information.

Some staff email addresses and mobile phone numbers were accessed in the breach. The attacker tried to sell certain materials on the internet and engage in extortion. However, Austal said the company does not intend to respond to such threats.

Related: Universities warn against defence plans to increase control over research

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Cathay Pacific hit by data leak affecting up to 9.4m passengers

Guardian Security - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 2:17pm

Airline confirms passport numbers, email addresses and credit card data were accessed

The airline Cathay Pacific has announced that it has suffered a major data leak affecting up to 9.4 million passengers.

The Hong Kong flag carrier admitted that personal information including passport numbers, identity card numbers, email addresses and credit card details had been accessed.

Related: British Airways customer data stolen from its website

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