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 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.
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...
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.
"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.
"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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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...