WH Smith, the UK’s most popular bookseller and stationery seller, has become the target of a cyber attack that led to the leak of information such as members’ names, addresses, national insurance numbers and dates of birth of staff, both current and former.
The website stored the customer’s information and their payment details in another database, so all the related information remained intact.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) took note of the incident and Britain’s data watchdog said it is investigating the attack fully.
Next to follow is the news related to the pharmaceutical giant Sun Pharma. According to an update published in the media, the drug maker suffered a digital attack that appears to be a ransomware incident. The company acknowledged that the “information security incident” was true and confirmed that the infected computers were isolated to contain the spread of the malware.
Remediation efforts are underway and the company is currently busy assessing the damage due to the impact.
Last but not least is the news related to Chinese video-sharing app TikTok, as the US government and Europe’s data commissioner plan to impose a total ban on the Byte Dance-owned business due to data security issues.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted 24:16 votes to issue a ban and after the bill gets President Joe Biden’s signature, the executive order will be implemented on the Chinese short video maker and broadcast applications.
Countries like Australia, Canada, France and Germany have also banned the use of the app on the devices used by government officials. Going a step further, the United States plans to impose a total ban on the TikTok app, which will undoubtedly greatly affect its international revenue!