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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has announced that Pound Road Medical Centre has been found in breach of the Privacy Act 1988 No. 119 (Cth) by "failing to take reasonable steps to secure sensitive medical records".

Published in Records Management

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.

Published in Information Security

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.

Published in Information Security

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.

Published in Information Security

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 "" account when it was intended for a "" account.

Published in Information Security

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.

Published in Information Security

UK Government Launches Cyber Essentials Scheme

12 Jun 2014
Written by World Watch

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.

Published in Information Security

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has advised that Student Loans Company Limited (SLCL) has signed an undertaking (undated) to comply with the seventh data protection principle, following three separate incidents involving the disclosure of documents containing sensitive customer information, including medical details and a psychological assessment, to the incorrect people.

Apple Responds to International Hack Attack

28 May 2014
Written by World Watch

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.

Published in Information Security

Online music streaming service Spotify has published a notice (27 May 2014) advising users of an information security breach that compromised the non-financial data of one of its users. Spotify states that it "will be asking certain Spotify users to re-enter their username and password to log in over the coming days" as a general precaution, and as a further precaution will guide users on the Android operating system to upgrade their Spotify software.

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