Equifax says almost 400,000 Britons hit in data breach

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    The massive data breach is being investigated by US and UK data watchdogs

    Data about British people “may potentially have been accessed” during the data breach at the US credit rating firm Equifax.The UK arm of the organisation said files containing information on “fewer than 400,000” UK consumers was accessed in the breach.Last week, Equifax revealed details of the hack and said data on more than 143 million Americans was taken.The US Federal Trade Commission is investigating how the data was stolen.Information released when details of the breach were disclosed suggest that hackers got at Equifax’s internal systems between mid-May and the end of July this year when the company discovered it had been penetrated.

  • Data on social security numbers, birth dates and addresses, was taken during the incident.Equifax is now facing dozens of legal claims over the incident.Protecting dataIn a statement, the UK office of Equifax said an internal investigation had shown that data on UK consumers was accessed during the hack.It said data on Britons was being held in the US due to a “process failure” which meant that a limited amount of information was stored in North America between 2011 and 2016.
  • The information held included names, dates of birth, email addresses and telephone numbers.
  • No addresses, passwords or financial data was involved.Equifax said that because the data on UK citizens was limited it was “unlikely” that those affected would suffer identity theft.
  • “We apologise for this failure to protect UK consumer data,” said Patricio Remon, president at Equifax’s UK office, in the statement.

Data on almost 400,000 Britons was taken when hackers hit US credit rating firm Equifax, says the firm.
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Harrods restaurants keep up to 75% of waiters’ tips, claims union

Harrods restaurants keep up to 75% of waiters tips, claims union #Bitcoin #Harrods

  • Petros Elias, general secretary of the UVW union, said: “The lack of transparency in the system gives Harrods huge power over its staff.
  • Harrods currently operates a “tronc” system, which means that the 12.5 per cent service charge is distributed equally among all catering staff, and paid monthly.
  • Harrods reported record profits in 2016 for the seventh year in a row, up from £141.5m to £168m.
  • Harrods restaurants keep up to 75% of waiters’ tips, claims union
  • After UVW members threatened unofficial industrial action during the busy sales period, Harrods circulated a letter to staff on 22 December.

The union representing catering staff at Harrods’ on-site restaurants and cafes claims its owners retain up to 75 per cent of the service charge paid by diners. The United Voices of the World (UVW) union said it had seen internal figures indicating that Harrods’ restaurants turned over a net profit of £26m in 2015, and that the store is depriving each of its 483 catering staff of up to £5,000 a year. Harrods reported record profits in 2016 for the seventh year in a row, up from £141.5m to £168m.
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How to Get Zcash, Bitcoin’s Anonymous Baby Cousin

  • Zcash also notably addresses another of the biggest pitfalls of bitcoin and its ilk: that big corporations with tons of dedicated computers are pretty much the only ones with any shot at mining the cryptocurrency.
  • Zcash, which went live on Friday with version 1.0 “Sprout,” is essentially an experimental fork of bitcoin that attempts to address an inherent contradiction of the supposedly “untraceable” cryptocurrency.
  • A newly-launched cryptocurrency created by expert cryptographers holds the distinction of being the only one explicitly designed to provide bitcoin’s biggest missing feature: anonymity.
  • As Zcash’s creators put it: “If bitcoin is like http for money, Zcash is https,” referring to the now-ubiquitous secure protocol that protects a website’s visitors from eavesdropping.
  • A zero-knowledge proof is a way to mathematically prove a statement is true without revealing any of the information you’d normally need to prove it.

The most promising cryptocurrency since bitcoin is ready to be mined—if you dare.
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How to Get Zcash, Bitcoin’s Anonymous Baby Cousin

How to get Zcash, bitcoin’s anonymous baby cousin:

  • Zcash also notably addresses another of the biggest pitfalls of bitcoin and its ilk: that big corporations with tons of dedicated computers are pretty much the only ones with any shot at mining the cryptocurrency.
  • Zcash, which went live on Friday with version 1.0 “Sprout,” is essentially an experimental fork of bitcoin that attempts to address an inherent contradiction of the supposedly “untraceable” cryptocurrency.
  • A newly-launched cryptocurrency created by expert cryptographers holds the distinction of being the only one explicitly designed to provide bitcoin’s biggest missing feature: anonymity.
  • As Zcash’s creators put it: “If bitcoin is like http for money, Zcash is https,” referring to the now-ubiquitous secure protocol that protects a website’s visitors from eavesdropping.
  • A zero-knowledge proof is a way to mathematically prove a statement is true without revealing any of the information you’d normally need to prove it.

The most promising cryptocurrency since bitcoin is ready to be mined—if you dare.
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