Nov 182017
 

Harriet Alexander reports:

Ambulance staff whose medical records were sold to solicitors will launch a class action against NSW Ambulance in the Supreme Court on Monday in an action that will test privacy law.

NSW Ambulance contractor Waqar Malik was convicted of unlawfully disclosing personal information last year after he sold the worker’s compensation files of 130 former and current employees to personal injury lawyers.

The files included medical records such as psychiatric assessments and details of injuries.

Read more on The Herald.

Nov 182017
 

Nino Bucci reports:

Police are investigating the hacking of a gun club database that may have exposed where more than 1500 semi-automatic handguns are stored.

The private details of 540 members from the Port Melbourne club, including the types of weapons they owned, is believed to have been compromised this month, potentially exposing them to the theft of guns worth at least $5000 each on the black market.

Read more on The Courier.

Nov 182017
 

Nick Evans reports:

Sensitive details of many of the ABC’s commercial customers have been exposed in a major data breach, according to a German IT security firm, potentially offering up a “trove of data” on its business activities.

Kromtech Security Centre said yesterday ABC Commercial, the publicly funded broadcaster’s licensing, retail and publishing business, accidentally left sensitive data on its commercial activities exposed for anyone to stumble across.

Read more on The West Australian.

Nov 172017
 

Oops. I missed this last week when Xinhua reported:

Police in east China’s Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province have seized 20 people suspected of stealing more than 300,000 pieces of personal information.

The gang were found to have hacked into servers of over 50 airline company websites since 2016. The leaks included user IDs, passwords and flight information.

Read more on Xinhua.net.

Nov 172017
 

The Canadian Press reports:

Toronto-based VerticalScope Inc. says six of the community websites it administers were hacked last month in the latest of a recent series of data breaches affecting Canadian online user information.

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It says the data did not include credit card or banking information but did include usernames, email addresses, encrypted passwords, user identifications, registration dates and IP addresses for websites including DIYchatroom.com, PBnation.com, HysterSisters.com, ToyotaNation.com, JeepForum.com and WatchUSeek.com.

Read more on Canadian Underwriter.