The Guardian reports today that a UK law firm was hit by a denial of service attack that exposed a database to hackers.
See: Law firm could face £500,000 fine over data breach Personal details of thousands of Britons accused of illicit file sharing leaked from ACS:Law website (my bold):
The details were exposed in files on the website belonging to ACS:Law, a firm of solicitors which has attracted the ire of a number of online forums due to its aggressive approach to people accused by its clients of filesharing. The site was the target of a "denial of service" attack over the weekend which made it collapse – and the files, which would normally be hidden from unauthorised access, became visible when the site was brought back online.
If the Information Commissioner determines that the data exposure was through ACS:Law's fault in operating its website, rather than directly as the result of hacking, then it could levy a fine against the company.
Alex Hanff, of the pressure group Privacy International, said the data breach was "one of the worst ever in the UK" and that the group has launched legal proceedings against the firm.
Denial of service attacks and malware are in the news these days, including the recent Facebook outage (apparently caused by an internal error), viruses spreading through Twitter, and several attacks on media industry sites (4chan takes down RIAA, MPAA sites, 4chan invades Tea Party website).
It really makes you want to start banking online.