Marriott International said on Friday that hackers accessed about 500 million records in its Starwood Hotels reservation system in an attack that began four years ago, exposing personal data of customers including some payment card numbers. Shares fell 5 percent after disclosure of the hack, one of the largest in history, which prompted regulators in Britain and at least three US states to announce plans to look into the attack. The hack began in 2014, before Marriott offered to buy Starwood for US$12.2 billion in November 2015, acquiring brands including Sheraton, Ritz Carlton and Westin to create the world's largest hotel operator. The company closed the Starwood deal in September 2016. Internet security group warns against rise of formjacking hack Facebook 'fake clone' message goes viral: Here's what to do Taranaki high school shuts down computer system after hack Passport details, phone numbers and email addresses of some 327 million Marriott customers were exposed, according to … [Read more...] about Marriott hotel chain hit with second-largest cyber breach in history
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18 May 2018 BritainTechnologySocial Media The backlash against social media titans is in full swing. But are moves to bring them to heel, including new privacy laws, appropriate? Mike Morel investigates The long simmering ‘techlash’ has boiled over into global consciousness. The swelling laundry list of grievances against the social media companies covers nearly every societal ill imaginable. From massive privacy breaches to facilitating foreign meddling in political elections, from promoting terrorism to causing depression in young people, there seems to be no shortage of reasons why once trusted brands are losing their shine. Even the public’s embrace of technology itself has been labelled a full-blown addiction. In China parents send their children to military style bootcamps to pry them from their screens. The newspapers and magazines that have survived the internet now struggle to adapt to ever-changing algorithms that funnel headlines into the news feeds … [Read more...] about Will new laws tame the tech giants?