Data breach hits Department of Social Services credit card system

Exclusive: Data includes employees’ names, user names, work phone numbers, work emails and system passwords

The Department of Social Services has written to 8,500 current and former employees warning them their personal data held by a contractor has been breached.

In letters sent in early November the department alerted the employees to “a data compromise relating to staff profiles within the department’s credit card management system prior to 2016”.

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Uber hacking: customers not at risk of financial crime, says minister

Digital minister, Matt Hancock, says government still trying to gauge number of people affected in the UK

There is no evidence that Uber customers who had their personal details stolen are at risk of direct financial crime, a minister has insisted, despite hundreds of users complaining that their accounts have been hacked from Russia.

The digital minister, Matt Hancock, told the House of Commons, on Thursday, that the government was still trying to gauge the number of people in the UK affected by the global breach of the personal information of 57 million customers and drivers in October last year, which the company initially concealed.

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Which Windows laptop should I buy for £500?

Stuart is looking for a high-spec laptop at a low price. There are some good options, and Black Friday may reveal a few more

If you were in the market for a new laptop, what would you buy if your absolute maximum budget was £500?

I’ve always liked 17in widescreen laptops but will switch to 15in, preferably with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard disk. Stuart

My first thought was that your best bet was a refurbished ThinkPad from Tier1Online, but it turns out that you really can buy new laptops with your preferred specification for less than £500, especially if they are older models at discounted prices. There may be even more examples around tomorrow, which is Black Friday, and over the weekend.

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