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US health care company faces giant class action suit for losing over 4,000,000 unencrypted records

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To paraphrase Oscar Wilde: "To lose one patient record may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose 4,000,000 looks like carelessness."

How four stolen computers led to a huge class action lawsuit...

Lawyers report steep rise in employee data theft cases

UK law firm EMW has reported a sharp rise in confidential data theft cases brought before the High Court.

Is that because data control is becoming laxer, or actually because things are tightening up so that more crooks are getting caught?

Monday review - the hot 19 stories of the week

Monday review

Catch up with everything we've written in the last seven days with our handy roundup.

Leak of kids' social services info earns Aberdeen City Council £100k fine

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Aberdeen City Council has been hit with a £100,000 fine after an employee took sensitive files home and accidentally uploaded them to a public website.

The data included information on vulnerable children and details of alleged crimes.

Webhosting management company cPanel suffers break-in, lets slip customers' root passwords

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Webhosting management company cPanel recently announced a worrying sort of compromise: the possible theft of its customers' root passwords.

Paul Ducklin looks at what happened, and what's being done to avoid a repeat of this worrying situation...

Google says it is winning the war against Gmail account hijackers

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Account takeovers are down a mammoth 99.7% compared with what they were at the height of the spear-phishing plague of 2011, the company (rightfully) brags.

Do not relax: such success doesn't let us users off the hook when it comes to account security beef-up.

Canada Student Loans borrowers in giant data breach - 583,000 records gone

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada has admitted that the personal information of more than 500,000 student borrowers has gone missing, lost on an unencrypted removable hard disk.

Ouch! Haven't we learned to encrypt our customers' data yet?

Cracked passwords from the alleged 'Egyptian hacker' Adobe breach

Cracked passwords from the alleged 'Egyptian hacker' Adobe breach

An allegedly Egyptian hacker going by the name ViruS_HimA has allegedly hacked into Adobe.

Wherever the data actually comes from, it reveals yet more poor password hygiene at both the client and the server...find out just how bad.

Flashing on the Queen's highway can reveal your identity - a cautionary tale

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How cautious are you about identity theft? Are you a flasher or a hider?

Here's Sam's cautionary tale...

Beware dodgy computer repair work - your data is at risk along with your wallet

Beware dodgy computer repair work - your data is at risk along with your wallet

Passing off old as new is dishonest in any industry - but it's more dangerous in some than in others.

Hard disks may not wear out like chainsaw blades or cam belts - it's not what they may have lost in their life so far, but in what they have gained: other people's data.

Public-access kiosk SNAFU gives public access to intimate personal information

New Zealand public-access kiosk SNAFU gives public access to intimate personal information

Kiwi journalist Keith Ng wrote over the weekend about his experiences with kiosk computers at a New Zealand government department.

Ng's experience was both dramatic and worrying. He was able to access far, far too much.

FBI hits back at Anonymous - your claims are TOTALLY FALSE

FBI hits back at Anonymous - your claims are TOTALLY FALSE

FBI pwned? Had UDID data? Sez who?

RoMOS - Russia rolls its own secure tablet because it doesn't trust Google Android

RoMOS - Russia rolls its own secure tablet because it doesn't trust Google Android

Increasingly concerned about its reliance on Western mobile technologies and data networks, the Russian government this week announced that a government sponsored project has produced a secure tablet for use by state industries and government officials.

Cancer Care Group leaves unencrypted server backups in car, loses data on 55,000 patients and staff

Cancer Care Group leaves unencrypted server backups in car, loses data on 55,000 patients and staff

Indiana-based Cancer Care Group has lost server backups with data on 55,000 patients and staff from a parked car.

We have to ask, "Why would anyone, ever, leave an unencrypted laptop unattended in a car?"

Yahoo Voices hacked, nearly half a million emails and passwords stolen

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Yahoo Voices suffers a serious security breach, with over 450,000 unencrypted usernames and passwords posted online by hackers.

US Senate proposes national data breach notification act

US Senate proposes national data breach notification act

A new bill has been brought before the US Senate that would unify data breach notification laws across the United States. Read on for what's protected and how it would work.

Backups are good - but don't forget to check your backups work [VIDEO]

Backups are good - but don't forget to check your backups work [VIDEO]

The "Toy Story 2" movie was nearly lost forever because of failing backup software.

Watch the video to find out the story, and how the classic animated movie was recovered.

London Marathon website goof leaks 38,000 contact details

London Marathon website goof leaks 38,000 contact details

The home addresses and personal email details of some 38,000 participants in Sunday's London Marathon were exposed for anyone to access on the race's official website.

Celebrities were amongst those who had their private details exposed by the glitch.

Games developer Rockyou fined $250K for not securely storing customer data

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Rockyou were fined by the FTC for storing customer data in plain text. 32 million login details were stolen and published on the web. What can the rest of us learn from this?

Corrupt call center workers selling your private information for pennies

Corrupt call center workers selling your private information for pennies

An undercover investigation in India has uncovered that some call center workers have been selling confidential information on nearly 500,000 Britons.