Discover Whether You’ve Had Your Information Stolen In A Data Breach With Firefox Monitor

Are you concerned that your information may have been stolen or leaked in a cyber-attack?

With the rise in the number of data breaches in 2018, it is understandable that you may be worried about whether your personal data has been compromised or leaked. Large organisations such as Facebook and British Airways have been victims of such breaches over the past year, with millions of customers having their information stolen.


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Mozilla has launched a new notification service for their Firefox Quantum browser – Firefox Monitor, which was introduced in September 2018. This breach notification website will detect threats against your online email accounts and will alert you of any breaches you have been involved in.

Firefox Monitor enables you to check whether your data was compromised in a cyber-attack by running a search against your email address. This will allow you to see exactly which breach you were involved in, when the attack occurred, and which data was taken. Firefox also provides information on how you can stay ahead of these hackers, with useful tips on creating stronger passwords for your online accounts.

As part of this notification system, Firefox will also notify you when your online account details are connected to any new website breach that occurs.

Firefox will even alert you when you visit a website that has recently suffered a data breach and had personal information stolen from their site. This way, you can browse the internet knowing which websites have and have not been a victim of a cyber-attack.

Using Firefox Monitor is just one way that you can protect your details from being compromised in an attack, as there are many ways you can protect yourself from cybercrime.

Almost 75% of people use duplicate passwords for a variety of their online accounts, many of which have not been changed in the past 5 years or so. Changing your passwords regularly is one way that you can protect your personal data, and we suggest that you always have different passwords for your accounts.

If you run a business that manages personal data, it’s vital that your customer’s information is 100% secure and that you are not a victim of cybercrime. For more information on how to protect yourself against cybercrime, whether you’re an individual or a business, get in touch with 39 Degress on 01279 800039.

British Airways Data Breach – 185,000 Additional Customers Have Card Details Stolen

Back in September 2018, British Airways announced that they had been the victim of a cyber-attack, which saw hackers skim data of over 380,000 individuals through their website and mobile application.

Now, in November, British Airways owner IAG has followed up their announcement by saying that the “hackers may have stolen additional personal data”. BA believes that the card payment details of an additional 185,000 people have been stolen and that they are contacting two groups of customers that were not previously notified of the breach.

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Within the additional 185,000 affected by the attack, includes 77,000 card payment holders, whose name, billing address, email address and card payment details were compromised, with this including their card number, expiry date and CVV (Card Verification Value) – the 3 digit number on the back of the card. The remaining 108,000 also had their personal information stolen, apart from their CVV number.

The people who were a victim of this data breach were those who made a reward booking between April 21st and July 28th 2018, who used a payment card.

This data breach has resulted in BA facing a fine of approximately £500 million, with the ICO now investigating the attack.

Under GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), less severe breaches can result in a maximum monetary penalty of €10 million, or 2% of a company’s annual revenue, whichever is more. In more severe cases, the maximum fine is €20 million, or 4% of a company’s annual revenue.

If you handle the personal data of your customers, it’s vital that your business is GDPR compliant. If you need help in becoming GDPR compliant, 39 Degress will help you achieve compliance, and will improve the way that you handle your customer’s PII (Personally Identifiable Information).

We are data protection experts here at Ghost, and have already helped hundreds of organisations achieve compliance. We can offer Consultancy, Assessment and Compliance services to ensure that you avoid a hefty fine for being non-compliant.

For more information on how to take your first steps towards GDPR compliance, get in touch with 39 Degress on 01279 800039 and speak with one of our data security professionals. Alternatively, you can find out more by visiting our GDPR compliance page.

Facebook Security Breach: October 2018

Facebook Security Breach:
October 2018


On Tuesday 25th September 2018, Facebook was the victim of a cyber-attack, which has affected over 30 million Facebook users. This attack is the worst security breach that Facebook has been the victim of, with the hackers successfully accessing the personal data of 29 million Facebook accounts.

Facebook has launched an investigation into this cyber-attack, after discovering that the attackers had obtained tokens from the system, which allows them to request certain information from the platform.

The hackers have accessed a range of information from these users, including their personal information and contact details. For around 15 million users, the attackers obtained their usernames and contact details, and this includes their phone numbers and email addresses.

For the other 14 million Facebook accounts, the hackers accessed the above information, as well as their gender, language, relationship status, religion, hometown, current city, birthdate, education and more.

Facebook users can check whether they have been affected by the attack by visiting their Help Centre. Victims should also have received a message from Facebook themselves, informing whether you are 1 of the 30 million, and explaining which information may have been accessed.


Cyber Security for your business

Here at 39 Degress, we believe that cyber security is paramount for running a business. If large organisations are vulnerable to security breaches, it’s important that you are protected from cybercrime.

With our Cyber Security services, we’ll help protect your business against the latest ransomware, malware, hackers and other threats, and ensure that you avoid becoming the victim of cybercrime. Ghost will also ensure that your business-critical data is secure and that your business complies with ISO27001 and GDPR regulations.

Our Cyber Security services include PEN testing, anti-virus and anti-malware, 2-factor authentication, email security and even Certified Cyber Security training for your workforce. To find out more about how Ghost can help improve your cyber security capabilities, call our team today on 01279 800039 and speak directly with one of our experts, who can help you prevent a cybercrime from occurring. You can also find out more by visiting our Managed Cyber Security services page.