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Virgin Media data breach affects 900,000 people

Virgin Media data breach affects 900,000 people

A Virgin Media database containing the personal details of 900,000 people was left unsecured and accessible online for 10 months, the company has admitted.

The database was accessed “on at least one occasion” by an unknown user.

The database, which was for marketing purposes, contained phone numbers, home and email addresses. It did not include passwords or financial details.

The breach was not due to a hack or a criminal attack, but because the database had been “incorrectly configured” by a member of staff not following the correct procedures, Virgin Media said.

The firm was alerted to the problem on Friday after it was spotted by a security researcher at TurgenSec.

The company said almost all of those affected were Virgin customers with television or fixed-line telephone accounts, although the database also included some Virgin Mobile customers as well as potential customers referred by friends as part of a promotion.

Virgin Media, which is owned by US cable group, Liberty Global, has informed the Information Commissioner’s Office as required, and launched a forensic investigation.

Lutz Schüler, chief executive of Virgin Media said: “We recently became aware that one of our marketing databases was incorrectly configured which allowed unauthorised access. We immediately solved the issue by shutting down access.”

“Protecting our customers’ data is a top priority and we sincerely apologise,” he said.

“Based upon our investigation, Virgin Media does believe that the database was accessed on at least one occasion but we do not know the extent of the access or if any information was actually used,” Mr Schuler said.

Virgin Media said it would be emailing those affected on Thursday, in order to warn them about the risks of phishing, nuisance calls and identity theft. The message will include a reminder not to click on unknown links in emails and not to provide personal details to unverified callers.

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Cyber is the biggest Insurance risk concern

Cyber is the biggest Insurance risk concern

Cyber risks are the top concern among businesses of all sizes.

Of the 1,200 business leaders who participated in an insurer-sponsored survey, 55% said they worry some or a great deal about cyber risks, ahead of medical cost inflation (54%), employee benefit costs (53%), the ability to attract and retain talent (46%) and legal liability (44%).

The Travelers Companies, which has been commissioning the 2019 Travellers Risk Index in 2014, said this is the first time in its survey’s history that cyber has been the top concern among businesses of all sizes.

As concerns about cyber threats have grown, a higher percentage of businesses reported taking proactive measures to safeguard against cyber risks; however, a sizable number have not implemented such preventive best practices. The steps taken by respondents include:

  • Purchasing a cyber Insurance policy (51% of survey participants, up from 39% last year).
  • Creating a business continuity plan in the event of a cyber attack (47%, up from 38%).
  • Taking a cyber risk assessment for themselves (49%, up from 45%) and their vendors (41%, up from 37%).
  • Updating computer passwords (74%, up from 71%).

Tim Francis, Enterprise Cyber Lead at Travelers, said that while more businesses are taking steps to prevent a cyber event, “it’s still alarming that nearly half don’t have the proper insurance coverage.”

Tim Francis, Enterprise Cyber Lead at Travelers, said that while more businesses are taking steps to prevent a cyber event, “it’s still alarming that nearly half don’t have the proper Insurance coverage.”

Given that a single Cyber attack can put a company out of business, Francis said “taking the threat seriously and implementing a risk management program that addresses possible exposures can help a company not only avoid an attack but also recover from one as quickly as possible.”

Since 2015, the percentage of small business respondents that have suffered a Cyber attack has tripled, from 4% to 12% this year. Increases are also being reported among medium-sized companies (10% in 2015 to 20% this year) and large businesses (from 19% to 33%).

“More companies are experiencing cyber attacks,” Francis said. “The cost of a single breach to a small business can easily reach a substantial amount of money on top of the time it takes to restore the business, so protecting a company’s assets with a Cyber Insurance policy is critical.”

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New Insurance Scheme Launched for Micropubs!

New Insurance Scheme Launched for Micropubs!

Warwick Davis Insurance is proud to announce the launch of our brand new specialist insurance scheme Micropub Insure, which (you guessed it) targets the fast-growing Micropub industry in the UK. There are already around 150 Micropubs in the UK with many new start-ups in the process. And the trend looks set to continue with predictions of possibly thousands of Micropubs gracing the high street of towns up and down the UK. Be sure to check out our new micro site www.micropubinsure.co.uk .