In 2009 and 2010 two separate attacks hit widely-used online gambling payments processors Moneybookers and Neteller. Though they initially appeared innocuous, it now seems both attacks saw millions of users’ private data – addresses, emails, telephone numbers, birth dates and, in the case of Neteller, answers to password hints – fall into criminal hands. The details are only now being made public by Optimal Payments, the London-based owner of both Moneybookers (now Skrill) and Neteller, after disclosure from FORBES. The company is now reinvestigating the hacks and the possibility of further breaches.
In the first such case against a U.S. cable company, federal regulators are slapping Cox Communications with a $595,000 fine after Cox allowed hackers from Lizard Squad to penetrate its systems and steal private customer information.
By posing as an IT administrator and tricking a couple of Cox employees into giving up their login credentials, a hacker known as “EvilJordie” broke into Cox’s databases and gained access to customer names, addresses, password recovery information and even “partial” Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers, according to the Federal Communications Commission. They also got hold of some customers’ telephone records.
Brieana Rose (not her real name) could not have been more vulnerable. Unconscious on an operating table, having gynaecological surgery to see whether she had cancer.
She could never have known that one of the people charged with looking after her would instead take advantage of her, violating her trust by taking a photo of her genitalia and showing the photo to others.
The experience has not only taken a financial and emotional toll, but it has revealed a huge gap in medical and privacy law in NSW.
The nurse left the hospital and was hired by another, and currently has nothing on her publicly available record to indicate what she did. Brieana was also unable to legally force her to provide her phone for forensic analysis – because that would be a violation of the nurse’s privacy – and the hospital had no control over their former employee.
On 15th October 2015 the Spanish Supreme Court handed down its first ruling on the so-called digital “right to be forgotten” in which it states that harmful information affecting individuals without public relevance should not be accessible to Internet search engines when the news has lost relevance over time.
The background of the case
The decision of the Court is based on the following facts: in the 1980s two people were involved in drug-trafficking and consumption. After being arrested, they were finally convicted for drug smuggling and imprisoned. A few years ago, after having served their sentence imposed for these facts and having remade their personal, family and professional life, they found out that by typing their names in the major Internet search engines (particularly, Google and Yahoo!), the news that once was published in a newspaper (El País) now appeared among the first search results, because such newspaper had digitized their library.
…According to a report by the Financial Times, some of the top credit rating companies are now using people’s social media accounts to assess their ability to repay debt. So if you want to be able to qualify for a loan and borrow money, this is just another reason to avoid saying certain things on Facebook.