Marriott International Inc says hackers have accessed up to 500 million customer records in its Starwood Hotels reservation system in an attack that began four years ago, exposing data including passport numbers and payment cards. The hack - one of the largest in history - which prompted regulators in Britain and at least five US states to launch investigations. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was looking into the attack on Starwood, whose brands include Sheraton, St. Regis, W and Westin hotels. It advised affected customers to check for identity fraud and report it to the bureau's Internet Crime Complaint Center. The hack began in 2014, a year before Marriott offered to buy Starwood to create the world's largest hotel operator. The $13.6 billion deal closed in September 2016. Some 327 million customer records containing information including passport details, birth dates, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses were exposed, according to the company. The hackers also … [Read more...] about Marriott hack hits up to 500 million customers
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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
Marriott on Friday said up to 500 million Starwood properties guests' information may have been exposed in a massive data breach that began in 2014. The hotel giant joins a list of other corporations whose systems to protect their customers' personal information failed. Here is how the breach stacks up against other corporate data debacles. 1.Yahoo Verizon in 2017 said all three billion Yahoo users' data was breached in a 2013 hack, after it initially reported that just one billion accounts had been compromised. Verizon acquired Yahoo in a $4.5 billion deal that closed in June 2017 -- and said the security breach was discovered during the integration of the two firms. An investigation revealed that users' passwords in clear text, payment card data and bank information were not stolen. 2. Marriott Personal data belonging to roughly 500 million Starwood properties guests was compromised in the second-largest cyberattack on a company in history. Marriott said Friday it … [Read more...] about How Marriott’s data breach ranks among the biggest corporate data fails
On Wednesday, the US government warned that a hacking group dubbed "Cloud Hopper" has been attacking technology service providers as a means to steal client data. The hacking campaign, allegedly involved in cyber espionage and intellectual property theft, has been linked to the Chinese Ministry of State Security's Tianjin Bureau, according to Reuters. © REUTERS / Ints Kalnins'Matter of Life and Death': Pentagon Report Reveals US Weapons Systems' Cyber Vulnerability The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a statement this week reporting that experts from two US cybersecurity firms are warning that Chinese hacking activity has increased amid the ongoing trade war between Washington and Beijing. The trade war escalated in June when US President Donald Trump slapped a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, with Beijing quickly responding in kind. "These cyber threat actors are … [Read more...] about China Has ‘Taken the Gloves Off’ in New Hacking Attacks on US
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?