European Data Protection Digest

Media Source May Have Been Breached

DATA LOSS—UK

August 5, 2011

Chris Duncan, a spokesman for News Group Newspapers, says that customer information from competitions and polls held on its website may have been breached by hackers, SC Magazine reports. Compromised data could include names, addresses, birth dates, e-mail addresses and phone numbers, but not financial or password information. Duncan says the company is "working closely with the police and Information Commissioner's Office to ensure that all steps are taken to retrieve the files involved." Field Fisher Waterhouse partner Stewart Room says the breach illustrates "that we do not properly understand the full dynamics of cyber threats." 
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