ICANN says new gTLDs did not cause data breaches
Mon 15 Dec 2014, 21:20

CSO reports that an ICANN spokesman dismissed accusations that the recent growth in the number of generic top-level domains has caused data breaches. There are now more than 700 top-level domains such as .meme, .guru and .blog. The number of TLDs has exploded only recently -- between 1985 and 2012, the number of TLDs grew slowly, from five to 22. According to critics, the recent growth has been a windfall for cyber criminals.

Dutch Parliament adopts data breach notification obligation and increases fines
Tue 26 May 2015, 13:00

The Dutch Senate passed a new law adding a new provision article 34.a to the Dutch data protection law Wet Bescherming Persoonsgegevens, which introduces an obligation to notify the Dutch DPA ‘without delay’ in case of a data breach and the related data subjects, broadens the powers of the Dutch DPA with significantly higher fines for a wide range of privacy violations, sets out the exemption conditions for data breach duty on taking active measures to make the such data incomprehensible and inaccessible, and changes the name of Dutch DPA to Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens (Personal Data Authority).

European privacy officials pursue investigation of WhatsApp and Yahoo
Fri 28 Oct 2016, 22:00

The Article 29 Working Party, an expert group of European privacy officials, is pursuing investigations of WhatsApp and Yahoo. In a letter to Facebook, the Working Party stated that the decision to transfer confidential user data from WhatsApp to Facebook has raised "serious concerns," and urged WhatApp to halt data transfers pending completion of the investigation. Separately, the group urged Yahoo to provide information about the 2014 data breach which compromised 500 million accounts. The Article 29 also pressed the company to explain why it scanned customer emails for US intelligence agencies.

Personal data of 550,000 Red Cross blood donors was breached
Fri 28 Oct 2016, 07:40

The Australian Red Cross said its blood donor service has found that registration information of 550,000 donors had been compromised, which the agency blamed on human error by a third-party contractor.

The moot issue at this point, which may decide how the breach unfolds, is that nobody knows how many people have the data. The information from 2010 to 2016 was available on the website from Sept. 5 to Oct. 25. this year.

The database backup, consisting of 1.74GB with about 1.3 million records, contains information about blood donors, such as name, gender, physical address, email address, phone number, date of birth, blood type, country of birth, and previous donations, according to security researcher Troy Hunt.


Sweden accidentally leaks personal details of nearly all citizens
Wed 26 Jul 2017, 19:39

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven confirmed at a press conference on Monday that his administration potentially exposed the personal information of millions of Sweden’s citizens, along with some of the nation's military secrets, have been exposed.

Personal data breach of 10.000 students, parents and teachers in Bulgaria
Wed 20 Dec 2017, 12:48

The personal data of more than 10 000 students, their parents and teachers were leaked on the Internet in December 2017. The data contained their names, addresses, personal identification members and mobile telephone numbers. The information system of the school was most probably hacked.