Week Ending: August 17th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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This week’s roundup features stories on the breach of a UK holiday company, Google being sneaky with its tracking again, and why we could be seeing more veterans in the fields of technology and cybersecurity. Let’s jump in to the news you may have missed this week.

Butlins breach could affect 34,000 customers

Butlins has suffered a data breach, it revealed this week, with personal details such as postal addresses and holiday arrival dates potentially compromised.

The attack came through a phishing scam, the company has confirmed, and has issued an apology to its customers.

Butlins take the security of our guest data very seriously and have improved a number of our security processes. I would like to apologise for any upset or inconvenience this incident might cause.

Dermot King, Managing Director

The main worry for holiday-goers is that dates of when they’d leave and arrive have been stolen along with postal addresses, meaning criminals could essentially know when they’re not scheduled to be at home for a length of time.

Butlins is the latest brand to be hit by a data breach of this nature but it certainly won’t be the last. Read more via IT Pro.

Google tracks users even after location settings are turned off

A report from the Associated Press has found that Google records its users’ locations even after they have requested it not to. The research, which has been verified by Princeton University, found that users had to turn off another setting, named Web and App Activity, to stop location from being recorded.

It found that Google shared a snapshot of where a user is when they open the Maps app and that automatic weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where the user is.

Naturally, it has caused a stir among security researchers with privacy being a particularly sensitive topic at the moment. When asked for comment, Google told AP:

There are a number of different ways that Google may use location to improve people’s experience, including: Location History, Web and App Activity, and through device-level Location Services. We provide clear descriptions of these tools, and robust controls so people can turn them on or off and delete their histories at any time.


Will you be turning off the location settings you didn’t realise you had on? Read more on this via the BBC.

Cybersecurity careers for veterans

This week we learned that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced plans to work with TechVets in order to train those who leave the military service for a career in cybersecurity or technology.

The move comes with the MoD saying that only 4% of veterans currently are working in tech and cybersecurity, compared to 24% of non-veterans. By working with the not-for-profit venture it hopes to increase these numbers.

Veterans have unique skills and experiences, gained from their time in the armed forces, which means they contribute a lot to society. It’s fantastic that TechVets will provide opportunities for veterans to apply their considerable talents to the cyber security field, which is playing an increasingly vital role in keeping this country safe.

Tobias Ellwood, Minister for Defence People and Veterans

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