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Tell us: have you been affected by the British Airways data breach?

Guardian Security - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 4:39am

We want to hear from you if the airline has contacted you or you have encountered problems after contacting your bank

British Airways has warned customers that around 380,000 card payments on its website and app were compromised during a 15-day data breach.

Related: British Airways data breach: what to do if you have been affected

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BA chief vows to compensate customers after data breach

Guardian Security - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 4:09am

Álex Cruz apologises for ‘sophisticated’ theft affecting 380,000 payment cards

The chief executive of British Airways has promised to compensate customers who have had their data stolen in what he described as a sophisticated breach of the company’s security systems.

Álex Cruz apologised after it was revealed that about 380,000 payment cards had been compromised after a theft of data from the BA website and app over a two-week period.

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Sydney airport seizure of phone and laptop 'alarming', say privacy groups

Guardian Security - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 6:25pm

Border Force detain British-Australian software developer Nathan Hague, apparently at random, for 90 minutes

A British-Australian citizen travelling through Sydney airport has had his devices seized, and believes his laptop password cracked and his digital files inspected by Border Force officers, in what privacy groups say is a worrying development.

Nathan Hague, a 46-year-old software developer, was detained apparently at random for 90 minutes while the officers took his phone and password-protected laptop into a back room.

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Superdrug targeted by hackers who claim to have 20,000 customer details

Guardian Security - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 3:38am

Health and beauty retailer advises online customers to change their passwords

Superdrug has advised its online customers to change their passwords after the high street chain was targeted by hackers claiming to have stolen the personal details of thousands of people.

The health and beauty retailer told customers it had been contacted by a group on Monday evening claiming to have obtained the details of 20,000 customers, including names, addresses, dates of birth and phone numbers.

To customers who have received an email from us today, this email is genuine. We recommend you follow the steps we outlined.

I would be able to change my password but tried from 4 different devices and the website keeps giving me and internal server error. Not acceptable that I might have my details comprised and I can't change my password.

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Melbourne student health records posted online in 'appalling' privacy breach

Guardian Security - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 8:47pm

Health and medication data posted in error on Strathmore seconday college intranet

The personal records of hundreds of Melbourne high school students have been mistakenly published, sparking an investigation into an “appalling” privacy breach.

The Victoria education minister, James Merlino, said his department would launch an inquiry into the breach at Strathmore secondary college in the city’s north-west.

Related: My Health Record: former privacy head warned of dangers six years ago

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