A data breach refers to any situation where data has been put at risk. A data hack happens when criminals break into an organisation’s systems to steal information.
The impact of a data hack can be devastating. But despite this, cybercriminals are still getting away with billions of pounds worth of records each year.
To make matters worse, this information is often used to commit further crimes against victims of the initial breach. So it’s no wonder that people commonly suffer emotional anguish, anxiety and stress after a data hack.
At Keller Lenkner UK, our data breach lawyers help people to make successful data hacking claims to compensate for their loss and distress. Where enough people come forward, we do this by launching a group action case.
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The Maze ransomware group attacked the computer systems of Hammersmith Medicines Research (HMR) – a company which performs early clinical trials of drugs and vaccines. The criminal group had previously promised not to attack medical organisations during the coronavirus outbreak.
The National Trust has issued a data breach alert after a cyberattack on cloud computing company Blackbaud. Blackbaud provides software to the National Trust. The National Trust confirmed that data about its volunteering and fundraising communities has been compromised. Its 5.6 million members are not though to be at risk.
In June 2021 it was revealed that over 100 special forces troops were publicly identified in an email security breach. Given that the names of those in special forces units are strictly protected, this is a severe breach that could have serious repercussions on UK intelligence and those whose data has been revealed.
You might be eligible for data hack compensation if an organisation has failed to protect your personal data.
Stolen data is easy to buy on the dark web, so if you are the victim of a data privacy violation, it is quite likely that different criminals could be trying to use your data against you.
Stolen data is also used in batches over time, so the impact of a data hack might not be immediately apparent.
IF YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF A DATA HACK BECAUSE OF POOR DATA PROTECTION PROCESSES, WE CAN HELP YOU TO CLAIM COMPENSATION FROM THE ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE.
While each case is judged on its own merits, there are some things we would typically look for when it comes to when claiming compensation following a data breach, cybercrime or other GDPR violation:
With stolen data, cybercriminals can make purchases using your bank and credit cards, apply for credit in your name, set up fraudulent bank accounts and access your existing online accounts.
GDPR failures, cybercrime and data breaches can have a significant impact on you, both mentally and physically. They can cause or exacerbate anxiety, stress and other psychological conditions.
In many cases, data hacks and cyber-attacks happen because of a failure to implement reasonable and robust processes. Often because of the cost needed to do this.
But, by not putting adequate processes and training in place, organisations are leaving customers open to an increased risk of cyber scams and avoidable mistakes that lead to data breaches.
See our answers to the FAQs we get asked about data hacking.
Head of Data Breach, Kingsley Hayes, explores the impact of NHS data sharing on privacy rights, in The Barrister. Kingsley’s article was published, in print, in this quarter’s edition of The Barrister.
Google has taken down a CSV file linked to a Google Earth map that showed the exact locations of gun owners’ homes.