The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the validity of reports that China is behind the massive Marriott data breach. Also: Fascinating details in a Congressional report on the Equifax breach, and a clear explanation of "self-sovereign identity."
Breach victims who sign up for free fraud-monitoring services from breached businesses that lost control of their data often sign away their right to join class-action lawsuits or pursue other legal actions, and Marriott proved to be no exception, following its mega-breach. But it now appears to be backing off.
Is there anything better than being offered one year of "free" identity theft monitoring? Regularly offered with strings attached by organizations that mishandled your personal details, the efficacy and use of such services looks set for a U.S. Government Accountability Office review.
Google says a buggy API update it pushed last month for its soon-to-be-mothballed Google+ social network exposed personal information for 52.2 million users. The data-exposure alert arrives just two months after Google admitted that a March problem with the same API exposed data for 500,000 users.
Victims of the massive Marriott International data breach, which exposed data for 500 million customers, including some passport numbers, may be able to claim reimbursement for the cost of obtaining a replacement passport, provided they can prove it led to fraud.
A batch of documents meant to be kept under court seal lays bare Facebook's strategic brokering of access to user data to reward partners and punish potential rivals. The material also demonstrates Facebook's views at the time on privacy and the risks of leaking data.
Next to corporate communications that claim that "your security is important to us," any website post titled "security update" portends bad news. So too for question-and-answer site Quora, which says a hack exposed 100 million users' personal details, including hashed passwords and private content.
Stolen data is one thing - the consequences are obvious. But what if data is not stolen or leaked, but rather altered? What could be the damage? Diana Kelley of Microsoft discusses data integrity and how to preserve it.
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How and where data can be altered - and the potential...
Marriott's mega-breach underscores the challenges companies face in securing systems that come from acquisitions as well as simply storing too much consumer data for too long, computer security experts say. Meanwhile, the hotel giant has yet to answer many pressing data breach questions.
Will Marriott be the first organization that lost control of Europeans' personal data to feel the full force of the EU's General Protection Regulation? With GDPR in full effect since May, organizations with data security practices face the potential of massive fines.
The Marriott hotel chain has announced its Starwood guest reservation database has been hacked, potentially exposing up to 500 million accounts. The unauthorized access to the database started in 2014, the company says.
Another day, another "Have I Been Pwned" alert, this time involving 44.3 million individuals' personal details found in unsecured instances of Elasticsearch, which appear to have been left online by Data & Leads, a Toronto-based data aggregation firm.
Uber has been slammed with $1.2 million in fines by U.K. and Dutch privacy regulators for its cover-up of a 2016 data breach for more than a year. The breach exposed millions of drivers' and users' personal details to attackers, whom Uber paid $100,000 in hush money and for a promise to delete the stolen data.
A British lawmaker has obtained sealed U.S. court documents to reveal internal Facebook discussions about data security and privacy controls, as Parliament probes Facebook and other social media firms as well as Russian interference and fake news.
Australian human resources software developer PageUp says it has found "no specific evidence" that attackers removed data after the company warned in May that it had been breached. But investigators have found that attackers installed all of the tools they would have needed to exfiltrate data.