With apologies to Troy Hunt, the last thing you want to see in the morning as you're having your first cup of coffee and scanning the interwebz for cat videos is a notice from his "Have I Been Pwned" breach-alert service.
What did Yahoo executives know about multiple data breaches and attacks that the company suffered, and when did they know it? Those questions have continued to dog Yahoo as it negotiates its sale to Verizon for the now-discounted price of $4.5 billion.
The number of reported U.S. data breaches hit an all-time high in 2016, according to Identity Theft Resource Center. But for half of all breaches, the number of exposed records isn't known. And what about all of the breaches that just haven't come to light?
In a rare case of potential breach accountability, Verizon is reportedly demanding a $1 billion discount to acquire Yahoo as a result of the search giant's failure to more rapidly spot a data breach that compromised at least 500 million users' accounts.
Even though the U.K. is preparing to exit the EU, British businesses must prepare to comply with GDPR, the EU's new data privacy law. That's the message from the new U.K. information commissioner, who oversees enforcement of the country's privacy laws.
While many banks and merchants in Britain, France and Germany have long complied with the PCI Data Security Standard, deregulation has led organizations in other European countries to start taking PCI compliance more seriously and use it for competitive advantage.
"Brexit" means that British law enforcement agencies will likely have a harder time taking a bite out of cybercrime as well-regarded intelligence-sharing relationships get severed and must be renegotiated.
In the wake of a majority of British voters opting to leave the European Union, the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office argues that the country should still comply with the EU's data privacy rules. But will politics get in the way?
In the event of a "Brexit" - British exit - from the European Union following this week's referendum, the U.K. would likely still have to comply with EU data protection laws, but also face cybercrime-related policing and prosecution challenges.
Hong Kong toymaker VTech has revised its end-user license agreement to make clear that it can't be held legally responsible for any data breaches. Many security experts have reacted with fury. But is VTech's move unusual?