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Marriott International confirms data breach of guest information

Marriott International has confirmed a data breach of guests who have stayed at their hotels. It is the second major data breach to hit the company in less than two years. On the company’s website a statement said that hotels operated and franchised under Marriott’s brands use an application to help provide services to guests […]

Baby monitors and smart cameras could be accessed by criminals

Smart cameras and baby monitors can be watched by criminals over the internet by default, security chiefs have warned. The National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC) is advising people to tweak the settings after buying them. Easy-to-guess default passwords might let a hacker secretly observe a home through connected devices, it said. Gavin Millard, VP of Intelligence […]

Some hospital imaging devices vulnerable to hackers

It has been reported that a huge proportion of internet-connected imaging devices at hospitals run outdated operating systems. Researchers found that 83% of these devices run on outdated software that can’t be updated even when it contains known vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit. The number increased significantly from 2018, which coincides with Microsoft ending support for Windows 7 earlier this year. […]

Princess Cruises confirms a data breach of crew and guests

Princess Cruises, the cruise liner forced to halt its global operations after two of its ships confirmed on-board outbreaks of Coronavirus, has now confirmed a data breach. The notice posted on its website, believed to have been posted in March, said the company detected unauthorised access to a number of its email accounts over four […]

Commercial password managers not always watertight

Researchers at the University of York have shown that some commercial password managers (depending on the version) may not be a watertight way to ensure cybersecurity. After creating a malicious app to impersonate a legitimate Google app, they were able to fool two out of five of the password managers they tested into giving away […]

Boots suspends loyalty card payments after cyberattack

It has been reported that there have been attempts to hack into customer accounts using stolen passwords and as a result, leading pharmacy and beauty retailer, Boots, has suspended payments using loyalty points in shops and online. Commenting on the issue is Chief Security Officer at Cybereason, Sam Curry: “The Boots breach is yet another […]

Bouygues Group’s construction subsidiary hit by massive ransomware attack

The Bouygues Group’s construction subsidiary has advised that it was recently paralysed by a major cyberattack. The attack caused a huge amount of damage as the entire computer network was impacted and all of the company’s servers shut down. The company issued an update on the attack: “Following the virus attack on the Bouygues Construction […]

A Teesside council website down due to suspected cyberattack

An issue regarding the failure of a Teesside council’s IT systems is believed to be the result of a suspected cyberattack. Redcar and Cleveland Council has said that there is no evidence to suggest personal data has been lost and that it is still able to receive and answer limited calls and emails, prioritising urgent messages. […]

6.5 million eligible voters in Israel have personal data leaked

It has been reported that the personal data of 6.5 million voters in Israel has been leaked. The incident came as a result of a software flaw which meant full names, addresses and identity card numbers were exposed. The security fault was linked with an app used by the country’s Prime Minister and his party […]

Cosmetics giant exposes millions of data records

Cosmetics giant, Estée Lauder, has come under scrutiny as its database exposed around 440 million data records, according to researchers. The records were said to have contained email addresses but didn’t include any sensitive employee information. The company issued the following statement: “On January 30, 2020, we were made aware that a limited number of […]

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