Malware hits 20 major hotels, customer data may be stolen

According to a Reuters report, hotels under attack include Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt and Intercontinental. The malware was developed specifically to target it and collect credit card data from its systems.Hacker laptop

As many as 20 hotels in the US have been hit by malware, and fears are spreading that customer data, including credit card information, was stolen.

 The malware was developed specifically to target it and collect credit card data from its systems. The malware was found two months ago, on payment systems used all over these hotels — in restaurants, bars, lobbies, and spas.

The number of people affected is hard to estimate, as many people used their credit cards more than once. However, there were some 8,000 transactions at the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara hotel in California, as well as 12,800 at the IHG Intercontinental in Tampa, Florida, during this period.

A total of 12 Starwood hotels were affected, six Marriott Internationals, one Hyatt Hotel and one InterContinental Hotels Group, with the malware being in operation from March 1 2015, to June 21, 2016. Fourteen hotels were infected during December last year.

Federal authorities have been alarmed, and a new payment system installed. Here is a list of all the hotels affected: Starwood’s Westin hotels in Minneapolis; Pasadena, California; Philadelphia; Snowmass, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Also affected were Starwood properties in Arlington, Virginia; Manchester Village, Vermont; San Francisco; Miami; and Nashville, Tennessee. Marriott properties in Boca Raton, Florida; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Chicago; San Diego, California; and Minneapolis.

Read more: http://betanews.com/2016/08/16/malware-20-us-hotels-ei-hotels-and-restaurants/

 

Adblock Plus says Facebook’s decision to block ad blockers is ‘anti-user’

Oh well – It looks like Facebook just got anti-user!
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Adblock Plus has reacted to the news that Facebook is going to prevent ad blocking software from working on its desktop site by accusing the social network of becoming “anti-user.”
Facebook announced Tuesday it was updating its tech to circumvent ad blocking software on its website. At the same time, Facebook said it will update its ad preferences tools to make it easier for individuals to tailor the types of ads that are served to them on the site.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/adblock-plus-facebook-blocking-ad-blockers-is-anti-user-2016-8

 

Single piece of sensitive data creates 1000 unnecessary copies

According to Ponemon’s 2016 Annual Cost of Data Breach report, the per-record cost of a data breach reached $154
Single piece of sensitive data creates 1000 unnecessary copies
Spirion’s Data Platform was developed for CISOs, CIOs, and vice presidents of IT and IT Security to prevent the deliberate theft and accidental loss of sensitive information.
Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2016/07/29/single-piece-of-sensitive-data-creates-1000-unnecessary-copies/

The end of anonymity for Bitcoin? EU proposes tracking cryptocurrency users

The European Commission wants to take the anonymity away from virtual currencies by demanding users register on a database so they can be tracked.Bitcoins

The European Commission wants to take the anonymity away from virtual currencies by demanding users register on a database so they can be tracked. The proposal would provide the EU with a record containing the real-world identities of people using cryptocurrencies as well as the addresses of the virtual wallets where their money is held.
Read  more: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/end-anonymity-bitcoin-eu-proposes-tracking-cryptocurrency-users-1572887

 

 

 

France claims Windows 10 does not comply with country’s data protection rules

France’s government claims that Microsoft is collecting what it says is “excessive data” from Windows 10 PCs. The country’s National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) says it has given Microsoft three months to make changes that will comply with France’s data protection rules.
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In a press release, the commission stated:
The CNIL found that the company was collecting diagnostic and usage data via its telemetry service, which uses such data, among other things, to identify problems and to improve products. To this purpose, Microsoft Corporation processes, for instance, Windows app and Windows Store usage data, providing information, among other things, on all the apps downloaded and installed on the system by a user and the time spent on each one. Therefore, the company is collecting excessive data, as these data are not necessary for the operation of the service.
Read more: http://www.windowscentral.com/france-claims-windows-10-does-not-comply-countrys-data-protection-rules

 

How to opt out of Adobe’s ad-based data collection services

It’s almost always a SHOCK when you’re faced with just how much data a companies collect about you!!!
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We all know and accept the fact that companies track and monitor our usage, both within an app or website. However, it’s almost always a shock when you’re faced with just how much data a company collects about its user base.
Read more: http://www.cnet.com/uk/how-to/how-to-opt-out-of-adobes-horrible-no-good-very-bad-ad-based-data-collection-services/

What is Differential Privacy and why is Apple so excited about it?

Apple further positions itself as the bastion of user data protection.
What is Differential Privacy and why is Apple so excited about it?
The unexpected star of iOS 10 may well end up being a barely-known cryptography system to balance privacy and personalization, as Apple further positions itself as the bastion of user data protection. Differential privacy may not be as slick as Siri’s increased skill set, or as timely in a cultural sense as new emojis and stickers, but it’s arguably far more important than either.
Read more: http://www.slashgear.com/what-is-differential-privacy-and-why-is-apple-so-excited-about-it-14444221/

Self-driving cars: overlooking data privacy is a car crash waiting to happen

Self-driving cars reveal personal data about drivers and occupants. So what happens to the data?
State laws focus on physical safety, but self-driving cars also reveal personal data about drivers and occupants. So what happens to it?
States across the US are scrambling to figure out how to regulate self-driving cars , wearable technologies that track our health, smart homes that constantly monitor their infrastructure and the rest of the devices emerging from the so-called “internet of things” (IoT). The result is a smattering of incomplete and inconsistent law that could depress the upside of the technology without really addressing its risks.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jun/08/self-driving-car-legislation-drones-data-security

How to protect your privacy when shopping online

Half of Americans do not carry out normal online tasks anymore because of fears for online privacy and security!!! Are you prepared for the all-digital age?
How to protect your privacy when shopping online
According to a survey by American National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), recently published by major news portals, half of Americans do not carry out normal online tasks anymore because of fears for online privacy and security.
Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2016/05/31/how-to-protect-your-privacy-when-shopping-online/

 

Google has made it easier to find your phone and see the data it’s collecting on you

“OK Google, show me my Google account” and the My Accounts tool automatically pops in.
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Google launched My Account, a centralized hub for managing your privacy settings, security safeguards, and advertising preferences across the search giant’s vast catalog of digital services, just about a year ago. Since then, the portal has expanded to expose — and provide greater control over — a broader swath of the personal search and device data Google’s collating, and today sees the addition of tools to help streamline things further. Google has now announced the addition of link-based and voice-activated shortcuts to My Account, plus a “find my device” tool that’s entirely platform agnostic.
Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/google-my-account-phone-finder-vanity/