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Greater Manchester Police suffers cyberattack

Greater Manchester Police is the latest force to fall victim to yet another cyberattack. As of late, hackers are repeatedly targeting police forces and incidents like this are becoming all too common. ACC Colin McFarlane of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), released a statement on the organisation’s website: ‘We are aware of a ransomware attack affecting a […]

ICO reprimands NHS Lanarkshire for sharing patient data via WhatsApp

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a reprimand to NHS Lanarkshire, following staff’s unauthorised use of WhatsApp to share patients’ personal data over the course of two years. Between April 2020 and April 2022, 26 staff at NHS Lanarkshire had access to a WhatsApp group where patient data was entered on more than 500 occasions, […]

Norfolk and Suffolk Police suffer data breach

Norfolk and Suffolk constabularies have identified an issue relating to a very small percentage of responses to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests for crime statistics, issued between April 2021 and March 2022. A technical issue has led to some raw data belonging to the constabularies being included within the files produced in response to the […]

Staff data error leaks personal information of every Northern Ireland police service officer

Every police officer in Northern Ireland has had their personal details leaked, leaving officers and their families ‘frightened’, following a staff data breach. The names, work locations and ranks of all officers were leaked in response to a freedom of information (FOI) request. Police Service Northern Ireland Assistant Chief Constable, Chris Todd, said the breach […]

Electoral Commission admits to suffering major cyber breach

The Electoral Commission has revealed that it has been struck by a ‘complex cyberattack’ which saw cybercriminals access electoral registers. The initial breach occurred in August 2021 as ‘hostile actors’ gained access to copies of electoral registers, but the attack was not identified until October 2022, over a year later. The Electoral Commission admitted that […]

Researchers find satellite security lags decades behind the state of the art

Thousands of satellites are currently orbiting the Earth and there will be many more in the future. Researchers from Ruhr University Bochum and the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security in Saarbrücken have assessed the security of these systems from an IT perspective. They analysed three current low-earth orbit satellites and found that, from a […]

Estée Lauder experiences cybersecurity incident

The Estée Lauder Companies has identified a cybersecurity incident, which involves an unauthorised third party that has gained access to some of its systems. After becoming aware of the incident, the company proactively took down some of its systems and promptly began an investigation with the assistance of leading third-party cybersecurity experts. The company is […]

Norway government ministries hit by cyberattack

The Norwegian Government Security and Service Organisation (DSS) has detected a cyberattack on the ICT platform used by 12 ministries. The matter is currently being investigated by the police. “We are taking this incident very seriously. The Norwegian Government Security and Service Organisation (DSS) is cooperating closely with the National Security Authority (NSM) and the […]

14.3 million records compromised by cybersecurity incidents in June 2023 

IT Governance, the global provider of cyber-risk and privacy management solutions, discovered that more than 14.3 million records were compromised in 79 publicly disclosed security incidents in June 2023. These statistics indicate a 59% decrease from June 2022. However, June 2023 was noteworthy for the MOVEit breach. More than 13 million records were compromised as […]

More than a million NHS patients’ data compromised after cyber breach

NHS details of more than a million patients have been compromised in a cyberattack, senior health chiefs have been warned. A recent ransomware attack on the University of Manchester affected an NHS patient dataset that holds information on 1.1 million patients across 200 hospitals, according to a report in The Independent. Among the details potentially […]

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