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Man fined $183k after joining Anonymous DDoS of Koch Industries for one minute

Man fined $183k after joining Anonymous DDoS of Koch Industries for 1 minute

A 38-year-old man from the US state of Wisconsin has been sentenced to two years of federal probation and will pay a $183,000 fine for taking part in a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack organized under the Anonymous hacktivist brand.

Sony to pay £250,000 fine for PlayStation Network breach

Game over - Sony to pay £250,000 fine for PlayStation Network breach

Sony has thrown in the towel on its appeal of a £250,000 fine ($377,500) imposed after its PlayStation Network was hacked in April 2011, losing data such as names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth and account passwords of millions of users.

American retailer Genesco sues Visa, demands $13m in PCI-DSS data breach fines paid back

Genesco, a massive American retailer, suffered an intrusion by cybercrooks in 2010. It was subsequently "fined" over $10m by the payment card industry.

Now it wants its money back...

Google: Yep, our cars steamrolled your privacy

Google: Yep, our cars steamrolled your privacy

A $7 million fine imposed by 38 US states will settle an investigation into Google's grab of private data - including emails, text messages, browsing histories and passwords - from unsecured wireless networks as its cars patrolled neighborhoods, snapping photos around the world.

Browser choice - How a "technical error" cost Microsoft over $700 million

"Technical error" costs Microsoft €561 million after Europeans not given choice of alternative browsers

"OK, Microsoft... no more Mr. Nice Guy," the European Commission said to the company that just can't seem to figure out how to give PC users a browser choice.

Sony fined £250,000 after hackers gained access to millions of gamers' details

Sony fined £250,000 after hackers gained access to millions of gamers' details

"There’s no disguising that this is a business that should have known better," says ICO director.

How many headlines do there have to be before companies take data security more seriously?

Medical group fined $140K for tossing patients' health records into public dump

Medical group fined $140K for tossing patients' health records into public dump

Medical diagnoses for cancer patients, names and Social Security numbers all went into the trash, unredacted and unshredded, probably in a very misguided effort to save a few bucks on proper record destruction.

PPI SMS text spammers fined £440,000 by UK Information Commissioner

PPI SMS text spammers fined £440,000 by UK Information Commissioner

The UK information commissioner has for the first time used its shut-the-hell-up powers to quash the annoyance that is spam text messaging, having fined two men nearly half a million pounds. More such investigations are in the works, the ICO promised.

Manchester police pay off £150,000 fine for unencrypted USB key

Manchester police pay off £150,000 fine for unencrypted USB key

The UK Information Commissioner's Office in the UK recently fined the Greater Manchester Police £150,000 for a data breach.

The problem boiled down to an unencrypted USB key stolen from an officers's home.

Minnesota woman fined $222,000 for 24 illegal song downloads

Minnesota woman fined $222,000 for 24 illegal song downloads

It's the latest twist in the first RIAA shakedown, and it could be the final say, unless the US Supreme Court agrees to pick it up. Meanwhile, the association has turned from its Dr. Evil pursuit of MILLIONS! Of dollars! and instead is hoping to solve the problem of downloading by relying on ISPs to send gentle reminders that it's, you know, like, illegal, right?

Google staffs up 'Red Team' to protect the world from its privacy lapses

Google staffs up 'Red Team' to poke at its own privacy practices post-FTC settlement

Is the job listing for a Data Privacy Engineer proof that Google's mending its privacy ways, or is the gesture as empty as the HTML form it used to slip past Safari's no-tracking controls?

Vote in our poll: is Google's fine of $22.5 million enough to buy privacy?

Google fined $22.5 million for not living up to its privacy promises

Google will cough up $22.5 million for putting sneaky code into its web pages, even after agreeing that it would get "comprehensive" about privacy.

But are financial sanctions enough?

Have your say in our poll...

Data breaches aren't just about website insecurity and internet hacking...

Data breaches aren't just about website insecurity and internet hacking...

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland, UK, has been stung with a £225,000 ($350,000) fine for a data breach.

In this case, though, the break-in was physical and the stolen data existed in printed form or on film...

Spokeo "people search" site has until next week to cough up $800,000

Spokeo "people search" site has until next week to cough up $800,000

"People search engine" Spokeo has been fined US$800,000 by the FTC.

Spokeo is alleged to have sold consumer reports to companies in the human resources, background screening, and recruiting industries - in violation of Credit Reporting law.

Bomb hoax, busts, skimming, Twitter security, Google fined - 60 Sec Security

Bomb hoax, busts, ATM skimming, Twitter security, Google fined - 60 Sec Security

Lots of readers said they'd like to see our 'news-with-a-conscience' videos more than once a month.

So here you go. 60 Second Security, once every two weeks.

Korean data breach company SK already in trouble with the courts

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It seems the wheels of justice turn pretty quickly in S. Korea, with a report from Seoul that a court has acted against SK Communications, whose websites Nate and Cyworld were breached last month, ordering a ₩1,000,000 compensation payout.