Marriott’s Starwood database hacked, 500 million may be affected

December 1, 2018
Marriott’s Starwood database hacked, 500 million may be affected

Marriott International said on Friday hackers stole about 500 million records from its Starwood Hotels reservation system in an attack that began four years ago, exposing personal data of customers including some payment card numbers.

Shares of the company were down 4 percent at $117 in premarket trading.

The hack began in 2014, before Marriott offered to buy Starwood for $12.2 billion in November 2015, acquiring brands including Sheraton, Ritz Carlton and the Autograph Collection to create the world’s largest hotel operator. The company closed the Starwood deal in September 2016.

Marriott said for 327 million guests, compromised data could include passport details, phone numbers and email addresses. For some others, it could include credit card information.

Marriott said it first found out about the breach after an internal security tool sent an alert on Sept. 8.

“We’ve opened an investigation into the Marriott data breach. Additionally, under New York Continue reading

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Hackers Swipe Data On 2 Million T-Mobile Subscribers

August 24, 2018

There’s never a good time to receive an alert that one of your accounts has been hacked. That’s the reality for a large number of T-Mobile customers this week following a short-lived attack on the company’s network.

According to the notice posted by T-Mobile on its website, the suspicious activity took place this Monday. Hackers managed to breach a database by exploiting a vulnerable API — or application programming interface, which is a set of software building blocks that make it easier for developers to access data or technologies when creating an app.

T-Mobile cyber security staff detected the attack a short time after it began. In a statement to Motherboard, a T-Mobile spokesperson said that “less than 3%” of the company’s roughly 76 million subscribers was accessed. Limiting the damage to such a small percentage is certainly a positive… but it still means that roughly 2 million T-Mobile customers Continue reading

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The 10 U.S. Airports Where You’re Most Likely to Be Hacked

July 27, 2018
The 10 U.S. Airports Where You’re Most Likely to Be Hacked

The airport amenity people value most isn’t fancy restaurants or uber-exclusive lounges. It’s fast, free Wi-Fi. After all, cellular service in airports doesn’t have the best rep. However, you might want to think twice before connecting to the Wi-Fi the next time you’re in an airport.

According to a recent study by Coronet, a cybersecurity company, these public networks are often unencrypted, insecure or improperly configured. As a result, it becomes much easier for hackers to access devices connected to the networks and potentially steal personal data. “Any one of these network vulnerabilities can empower an attacker to obtain access credentials to Microsoft Office 365, G-Suite, Dropbox and other popular cloud apps; deliver malware to the device and the cloud, and snoop and sniff device communications,” the study says. While it’s easy to replace credit cards and Continue reading

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9 internet scams we’re still falling for in 2018

June 10, 2018
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“VPNFilter” Malware Advisory

June 2, 2018
“VPNFilter” Malware Advisory

The FBI is requesting that all home and small business routers be rebooted in an attempt to disrupt a newly detected malware called “VPNFilter”. The FBI has assumed control of the server that this malware gets instructions from; if infected, rebooting your personal router will render the malware inert.

More information can be found at the following links.

Overview:

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/the-fbi-says-you-should-reboot-your-router-should-you-explainer/

FBI Warning:

https://www.ic3.gov/media/2018/180525.aspx

Technical Details on VPNFilter Malware:

https://blog.talosintelligence.com/2018/05/VPNFilter.html

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