This week in online security breaches

Weatherspoon has become the latest in a long line of companies to admit they have been hacked and customer data has been stolen.

One hundred customers who bought gift vouchers online between January 2009 and August 2014 had their information stolen. The breached database also contained personal information of over 650,000 people.
The pub chain said the information accessed was ‘very limited’ and could not be used for fraud.


This latest hack comes in the same week as vTech, the children’s computer company revealed the data of 6.4million children had been accessed including pictures and personal details. The information was not encrypted.


Customers attempting to leave their contracts with TalkTalk have been told they would have to pay hefty fees unless they could prove they had lost money as a result of the hack. However, This is Money reported a loophole which would enable customers to leave their contacts as TalkTalk had “not taken due care to protect and preserve their personal data, therefore making its own contract void”.

This could mean a giant bill for the company as users abandon them for rivals on top of the cost of new, improved security.

Betty’s Tearoom

The cost of sorting the breach and implementing tougher security measures could send a small company under. Betty’s Tea Rooms, a small chain of tearooms has 120,000 customer’s details stolen in May. Two thirds of security attacks target small businesses with 11-100 employees. Seventy per cent of small firms who experience a major data loss go out of business within a year.