Security > Data breaches

Microsoft cops to exposing customer data online

24 January, 2020 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Microsoft has admitted to a security gaffe that led to more than 250m customer support records dating back to 2005 being inadvertently exposed online.


Data on 1.2 billion consumers exposed online

26 November, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

A massive trove of around 4 billion customer records has been found online sitting on an unsecured server.


Privacy complaints to OAIC grew 12% in FY19

24 October, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Privacy complaints to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner grew to 3306 during the last financial year.


Facebook confirms millions of phone numbers leaked

09 September, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Facebook has confirmed reports that a public server containing hundreds of millions of user phone numbers has been discovered online.


Human error blamed for third of NDBs in Q2

28 August, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Malicious attacks accounted for 62% of data breach notifications reported in the June quarter, with human error the cause of a further 34%.


Victoria's PTV breached Privacy Act over myki: OVIC

16 August, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

OVIC has found Public Transport Victoria to be in breach of the state's Privacy Act by publicly releasing travel records for 15.2m myki cards.


Person charged over massive US data breach

31 July, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

A US woman has been charged with illegally accessing information on around 106 million customers of North American bank holding company Capital One.


Equifax to pay at least $818m over 2017 data breach

23 July, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

US credit rating agency Equifax has agreed to pay at least $818m in customer compensation and penalties over the company's massive 2017 data breach.


Google contractors can listen to your conversations

15 July, 2019

Google has confirmed contractors listen to and transcribe snippets of audio recorded by Google Assistant after a reviewer leaked over 1000 recordings. 


Data theft a top security concern for Australians: study

11 July, 2019

The study, which was done as part of a larger body of work, looked at the public's security concerns and how they've changed over time.


Marriott facing $178m GDPR fine

11 July, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

The UK's ICO is proposing to fine hotel chain Marriott International $178m over a massive data breach that went undetected for more than four years.


British Airways facing $330m GDPR fine

09 July, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

The UK Information Commissioner's Office has proposed to issue British Airways a nearly $330m fine, in what would be the largest GDPR penalty imposed to date.


ACU discloses data breach

18 June, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

The Australian Catholic University has revealed that some staff email accounts and university systems were compromised in a phishing attack-based data breach.


NSW unis facing significant cyber risks

12 June, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

An audit of 10 NSW universities identified a number of IT internal control deficiencies that are leaving the institutions at risk of cyber attack.


China suspected in ANU data breach

07 June, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Intelligence officials reportedly consider China to be the key suspect in the ANU data breach, but a security expert has warned against premature attribution.


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