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Personal details of more than two million customers of Vodafone Germany have been stolen by a hacker. Vodafone said the attacker got access to customer names, addresses, bank account numbers and birth dates.

The trove of information was stolen from a database sitting on the company's internal network. The operator said customers had been told about the breach and warned to watch out for "phishing" messages that try to extract more personal data.

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Cyber criminals have compromised thousands of Foxtons estate agent customers' accounts, following a successful cyber-attack on its networks.

The attackers infiltrated the company's networks and posted username and password details of a staggering 9,816 Foxtons customers online. It is currently unclear how the attackers got into Foxtons' networks to steal the information and at the time of publishing the estate agent had not responded to V3's request for comment on the attack.

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There has been positive news for homeowners recently with mortgage lending and house purchase enquiries increasing substantially, coupled with news that house prices in most of the country have increased slightly over the past year and surveyors predicting they will continue to rise for the next year.

Most commentators put this increase in values down to the Government's help to buy scheme and I agree. This scheme involves the Government providing an equity loan of up to 20% of the purchase price towards the cost of a new build property, therefore reducing the size of mortgage a buyer needs. The Government then shares in any increase, or decrease, in the value of the home.

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Sussex has found itself at the centre of the fracking controversy in recent weeks with the village of Balcombe becoming the national hub for anti fracking protesters.

Many protesters are those with environmental concerns, but to the local residents and business of Balcombe (or any area where fracking could occur), it is whether the promised economic benefits outweigh the disruption and fears over health, pollution and damage.

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Electronic BINS in the heart of London must stop tracking hundreds of thousands of passing smartphones, officials have demanded.


A dozen or so high-tech rubbish cans - which display adverts and information on built-in flat-screens and are dotted around the capital's financial district's pavements - were set up to collect data from nearby phones.

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A recruitment firm has been reprimanded by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for leaving the details of nearly 7,500 CVs on its database unsecured on its public website.

The site, Janetpage.com, is a hub for those in the care industry, and the ICO was alerted to the fact that the supposedly secure website for firms seeking staff – where 7,435 CVs were stored – was completely open to anyone visiting the website.
The company was unaware of this error and when alerted to it said it may have been caused by a hack on its system, although no evidence was able to support this.
In its report on the issue the ICO said those running the website staff lacked the technical know-how to install such a system and were not trained on data protection measures.

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In recent days Andy Murray has shown once again that he is not just the main man to British tennis, he is irreplaceable. Elsewhere there are continued rumblings as to whether Apple will ever again reach the heights achieved under Steve Jobs and in South Africa, with Nelson Mandela seemingly entering the final stages of his life there is the fear of social unrest once he dies, with the former President described as "the glue that is holding the country together," despite being inactive in political life for many years.

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NHS Surrey has been fined £200,000 by data regulators over the loss of sensitive information about more than 3,000 patients. Thousands of children's patient records were found on a second-hand NHS computer that was auctioned on eBay, the BBC understands.

Regulators said NHS Surrey failed to check that a data destruction company had properly disposed of the records. Three further computers that had been sold on eBay contained sensitive data.

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Firstly, insurers are underwhelmed by news that the fixed penalty for driving without insurance increases from £200 to £300 in July. Insurers say it will be of little deterrent to repeat offenders and you can see why, as many are young men who face car insurance premiums of between £1,000 and £2,000

But they have agreed an extension of the 'Statement of Principles' providing Flood cover for most homes in the UK. It has been extended by one month until 31 July as efforts continue to reach agreement with the Government, although unsurprising the sticking point is money. The Government are apparently refusing to fund further flood defence work or underwrite losses on a national flood insurance scheme until it has enough funds to be self-sufficient.

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Don't Let The Lights Go Out On Your Business

Fears that the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony might have come under cyber-attack have been detailed by officials for the first time.
The concern was that the lights could have been turned off during the ceremony.

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The heavy horses have been back on Gigha in recent times, working the land like they had done in years past. Neil McPhail and Michael Mayberry of Skernish were at the site of Gigha 's new wind 330kw turbine, carrying out re-instatement works on 3km of 11kV underground cables that were laid in January 2013. Whilst the bulk of the work had been carried out by tractor, the final stages were left in the capable hands of Tommy and Poacher – the award winning Skernish Clydesdales.


Gigha Green Power Limited (GGPL) is a community-owned company that are installing a 4th turbine on Gigha, providing more income to the island for all its future projects such as it Housing Improvement Project.

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Nsure are delighted to congratulate their client Evance Wind Turbines Ltd in respect of the commissioning of three R9000 small wind turbines at Scottish Water's water treatment works on the island of Stronsay in Orkney.


Due to the grid connection limitation Evance has installed the R9000 Grid+ system, so enabling the maximum energy from each 5kW turbine to be captured and used, while only allowing 3.68kW to be connected to the grid, so complying with the requirements of G83.

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With the cost of living increasing and the easy access to credit that people enjoyed in the last decade a distant memory, it's no surprise that people are looking for ways to boost their spending power. It is an environment like this where the unscrupulous prey on the vulnerable and use people's concerns to con them out of their savings. The latest I've come across is "pension release"

What could be wrong with something as positive sounding as "pension release" or even "pension liberation"? Schemes that promise to give you access to your "hard earned pension" that the big bad insurers won't let you access are increasingly common. The literature states how their scheme allows you to access your pension before the standard minimum age of 55 and promises more than the maximum 25% lump sum you can usually take. There are many ways they promise to do this, perhaps involving a loan, moving the fund overseas or investing in a particular asset that utilises a "legal loophole" to give you the access you require.

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Cyber risks are the losses and liabilities that a company may face as a result of using such things as the internet, computer systems and email

 

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Many Travel Insurance Policies should carry health warnings

The holiday season is almost upon us and over the next few months all too many travellers will suffer a misfortune only for insurers to add insult to injury when the claim is turned down.

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A law forcing all organisations to publically declare data breaches is expected to be in place in the UK by the end of 2014.
According to lawyers at law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW), legislation requiring organisations to notify the relevant authorities as well as individuals affected in the event of a serious security breach involving personal data will be introduced across Europe.
Eduardo Ustaran, head of the privacy and information law group at FFW, said the law will be introduced under an amendment to the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive, which is currently being reviewed by the EU Commission.


Adapted from article on zdnet.com – 16th July 2010

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Hiring a Crane? Some points to be sure of.....

Nsure Renewables, specialist insurance brokers to the renewable energy industry, have been involved in the insuring of wind farms both in construction and operation for over 15 years, and are often asked about crane hire and the inherent risks involved from an insurance perspective. The answer really stems from the decision by you or your company as to which type of hire agreement is likely to be entered into.

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Regular readers will know my dislike of gold as an investment but recently I've come across an "investment" I hate even more – Bitcoins.
Bitcoins are a virtual currency that can be traded for real cash or used to purchase actual physical goods from sellers willing to accept them as payment. There are even reports of a seller of a New York Flat who will only accept Bitcoins as payment. They can also be traded through exchanges.


Proponents of the Bitcoin system state that because the system has a limit on the number that are allowed to be created they will hold their value over time, much like any other supply limited commodity. This is in contrast to our currency system where central banks can create new money at will, which has the effect of devaluing the money already in circulation. This is a similar argument presented by fans of gold and it is not dis-similar from the arguments put forward about tulip bulbs in the 1600s in Holland.

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According to the BBC news website there is a hunt on for 900,000 people owed money from unclaimed Premium Bond wins.. More information can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22773531

 

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An explosion in cyber-crime is costing small companies almost £800m a year, a business group has warned. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said issues such as hacking, data security breaches and computer viruses were a "barrier to growth" that could no longer be ignored.

An FSB report found that cyber-crime is costing its 200,000 members a combined £785m a year – or £3,750 for every small business.

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