United Kingdom – London & Surrey Cycling Partnership
Exploit: Accidental data exposure
London & Surrey Cycling Partnership: Joint venture partnership
|Risk to Small Business: 2 = Severe: Some participants in the Ride London cycling event had their personal data compromised when their ballot results were sent to other participants. The popular event is typically oversubscribed, and the organization uses the ballots to select the participants. Unfortunately, this data breach brought considerable confusion to the event, leaving riders unsure if they were able to participate. In response, victims are speaking out in interviews with media outlets and across social media channels. While the company worked to minimize the fallout, this incident is an irrefutable black eye on an otherwise well-regarded event.|
|Individual Risk: 2.285 = Severe: The ballot information contained riders personally identifiable information, including their names, addresses, and dates of birth. This information can be used for a variety of nefarious purposes, and those impacted by the breach should consider enrolling in identity monitoring services while also carefully evaluating their online accounts and communications for evidence of fraud.|
Customers Impacted: 2,100
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