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Morrison’s to Pay Staff after Data Breach

In 2014, the personal details of thousands of Morrison’s staff including salaries, bank account details and home addresses were stolen and published online.

At the time, Morrisons said that all the staff details published were put on an unspecified location on the web for a few hours and were taken down immediately when they were discovered. It said in a statement: “We can confirm there has been no loss of customer data and no colleague will be left financially disadvantaged.” It was working with police to identify the source of the theft.

The hacker posted the information – including names, addresses, bank account details and salaries – online and sent it to newspapers.

It turned out that it was an employee, Andrew Skelton, who had posted the data online. He was caught and jailed for eight years in 2015 after being found guilty at Bradford Crown Court of fraud, securing unauthorised access to computer material and disclosing personal data.

However, Morrisons faced a huge payout to staff whose personal data were posted on the Internet after workers brought a claim against the company for “upset and distress”.

The High Court ruling that Morrisons is liable for the data breach then the Court of Appeal upheld the original decision against the supermarket. Morrisons said it would now appeal to the Supreme Court.

This case is the first data leak class action in the UK.

Morrisons had argued that it could not be held liable for the criminal misuse of its data, but three Court of Appeal judges rejected the company’s appeal, saying they agreed with the High Court’s earlier decision.

They said Morrisons was “vicariously liable for the offences committed by Mr Skelton against the claimants”.

Skelton was given eight years in prison for fraud, securing unauthorised access to computer material and disclosing personal data at a criminal trial in 2015.

The case continues.

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WhatsApp Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s Scam

WhatsApp messages offer free supermarket vouchers, but it’s just a scam.

Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s have been warning their customers about a possible scam over WhatsApp that tries to trick people into giving away their personal details. Both supermarkets are very clear that this is nothing to do with them.

These messages are similar to the ones which have done the rounds on Facebook and Twitter previously – under the names of various retailers.

One such message reads:

“I just received a free £150 gift vouchers from Morrisons.

“Get yours before the offer ends.

“Thanks me later.”

It then links to a fake webpage to make your claim.

The fake page appears to be an online survey asking for your personal information, including your email address, home address and phone number, before the ‘free gift voucher’ can be sent to you.

When the survey is complete, customers are asked to select WhatsApp friends to share the deal with. The promotional message and link is then sent to all of those contacts. This is how the scam spreads so quickly.

If you have fallen for this scam – you may need to change your login and password and be careful of anyone calling or emailing seeming to know details about you.

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Stupidest Scam or Spam of the Week

Stupidest Spam

So, what’s the dumbest scam or spam on the Internet this week?

A message supposedly from Morrisons congratulating us on being selected for the final draw to win 100 ten pound vouchers for Morrisons.

It says we just have to fill in a short survey then confirm our details.

The message is actually from uk-prizes.com which produces lots of these sorts of emails where you supposedly get something but have to give them information first. And there is no prize except for uk-prizes which can then sell your data.

This particular message is especially stupid as it is dated 10th September 2016 and says we must complete registration by 31st May 2016.

Now where did I put my time machine.