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Researcher admits plot to steal trade secrets to sell in China

A cancer researcher pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to steal biopharmaceutical trade secrets from GlaxoSmithKline in what prosecutors said was a scheme that involved plans to set up companies in China to market them, the website witf.org reports.

Data leak exposes names, ID numbers, and plain-text passwords of 934,000 South Africans

A South African database containing sensitive personal data, which appears to have originated from a traffic fine platform, has been leaked online, The Mybroadband reports.

Judge restrains marketing firm after ruling employees took trade secrets

A judge temporarily ordered the employees of a newly formed Victoria marketing company not to communicate with the clients of their former employer. That previous employer, Affect Digital Media, was formed in 2012 and is owned by the Victoria Advocate Publishing Co., which filed a lawsuit against ThriveFuel Friday. The lawsuit, which claims ThriveFuel employees stole proprietary information from ADM, seeks at least $1 million, as well as attorney fees, the website Victoria Advocate writes.

Leaked data from Chinese hotel chain may affect 130 million customers

Personal data and booking information from 13 hotels operated by Huazhu Hotels Group has reportedly been leaked in what could be the largest data breach in China in five years, according to Chinese cybersecurity media FreeBuf (in Chinese), the portal Technode reports.

Data Leaks from Public Eateries

Visiting cafés, restaurants, coffee houses, and other such places increases the risk of data, primarily payment details, being leaked. This is a digest of recent leaks from public eateries, prepared by InfoWatch Analytical Center.

Tampa Bay Fisheries’ CEO accused in trade secrets lawsuit

National Fish & Seafood is now accusing Tampa Bay Fisheries’ CEO Richard Paterson and other Tampa Bay executives with conspiring to steal trade secrets, the website SeafoodSource writes.

Facebook informs 4 Million users about yet another data leak

Facebook’s privacy nightmare is far from over: The social networking giant revealed Wednesday that an app called myPersonality had siphoned personal data from 4 million users off Facebook, and then shared it with researchers and third-party companies, the portal Variety reports.

Chinese criminal gang illegally collected 3 Billion items of user data

China recently arrested five individuals in connection with the biggest data-theft case in the country’s history, with more than 3 billion items of user data stolen from 96 internet companies, including industry giants Baidu, Tencent, and Alibaba, The Epoch Times reports.

Judge approves final $115 Million Anthem settlement

A federal judge in California has given final approval to a $115 million settlement involving health insurer Anthem over its 2015 data breach. The settlement is the largest ever recorded for a class-action lawsuit filed over a data breach. But most victims will receive no money, The BankInfoSecurity reports.

TechnipFMC sues McDermott for trade secret theft

TechnipFMC is suing rival McDermott International and its new chief operating officer for the alleged theft of trade secrets that Samik Mukherjee brought with him when he switched companies, the website Chron.com reports.

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