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Leslie Caldwell, who commenced in the role of Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice criminal division in June 2014, has stated her intent to prioritise the combating of cybercrime.

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The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPCC) published Insurance company overhauls its security safeguards following privacy breach (3 March 2014) on 2 July 2014, a report of findings under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released Own motion investigation report - Cupid Media Pty Ltd (June 2014), which outlines the findings of Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim's own motion investigation into Cupid Media Pty Ltd (Cupid), after the personal information of Cupid users was stolen by hackers gaining unauthorised access to Cupid webservers.

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Goldman Sachs Group (GS) has filed a complaint in a New York state court against Google after a GS contractor accidentally emailed "highly confidential brokerage account information" to a stranger's account with Google's webmail service Gmail. Reportedly, the contractor sent a report to a "gmail.com" account when it was intended for a "gs.com" account.

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Domino's France has acknowledged that the personal data of 592,000 French and 58,000 Belgian patrons of the Domino's franchise have been stolen, with hacker group Rex Mundi demanding a ransom of €30,000 for data including names, addresses, online account login details and favourite pizza toppings.

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The United Kingdom Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has launched a Cyber Essentials Scheme, which is aimed at highlighting security controls that will help organisations mitigate the risk to their IT systems from internet-based threats. The scheme also provides organisations with guidance on implementation and offers independent certification.

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ZDNet reported that mobile device manufacturer Apple Inc (Apple) has advised users affected by a pattern of hacking incidents spanning Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States to change their Apple account passwords and contact Apple for further advice as required. According to The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), users say that their devices have been locked and are displaying messages stating that require the user to pay a sum of $50 to an online payment processing account in order to have it unlocked.

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The United Kingdom Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published Protecting personal data in online services: learning from the mistakes of others (May 2014), a report that highlights the following "most common IT security vulnerabilities that have resulted in organisations failing to keep people's information secure":

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The Republic of Korea government is preparing legislative amendments that would increase the maximum fine for a financial institution's failure to protect customer data more than 800-fold to KRW5 billion (approximately US$4.7 million/€3.4 million). The development is reportedly part of the government's response to the recent leak of the personal details of 15 million people who held credit card accounts with nationally-based entities KB Financial Group Inc, NongHyup Financial Group Inc and Lotte Group.

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The United Kingdom Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has announced that employers should ensure that temporary staff receive adequate data protection training if they are handing personal information on a regular basis.

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