Data Privacy and Security Weekly

Compiled by: Richard Sheinis, Esq.

Marriott Hacking Exposes Data of Up to 500 Million Guests 
New York Times

The intrusion was a reminder that after years of headline-grabbing attacks, the computer networks of big companies are still vulnerable. The Starwood …

Quora says 100 million users hit by ‘malicious’ data breach
CNN

New York (CNN Business) Question-and-answer website Quora warned late Monday that hackers gained access to the personal data of as many as …

Iranian hackers charged over San Diego attack 
Port Strategy

The Port of San Diego was hit by a cyber-attack in September which affected its IT systems and caused limited functionality. Credit: Port of San Diego …

Feds indict ransomware hackers of Allscripts, others 
Crain’s Chicago Business

Cyberattacks on the computer systems of health care companies including Chicago-based Allscripts resulted in more than $30 million in losses.

Senators call for data security law in wake of Marriott breach 
CNET

Just hours after Marriott announced a massive data breach, lawmakers on Capitol Hill called on Congress to pass data privacy and security …

FBI Arrests Student, Employee in University Hacking Case 
Government Technology

An inspection of the university’s computer systems found no evidence that financial … Scott told agents he likes reading about hacking in his free time.

Tech support scammers are using this new trick to bypass security software 
ZDNet

Detailed by researchers at Symantec, the techniques used in the newly discovered campaign are similar to those deployed by advanced hacking and …

Now Russian hackers are using Brexit as part of their cyber attacks 
ZDNet

Fancy Bear has been linked to a number of high-profile cyber campaigns in recent years, including the cyber attacks and disinformation as a means of …

Jared, Kay Jewelers Parent Fixes Data Leak 
Krebs on Security

Scott Lancaster, chief information security officer at Signet, said the company did fix the problem for all future orders shortly after receiving a customer’s …

Data breach at San Mateo Medical Center: Patient records not shredded 
San Francisco Chronicle

The confidential health information of up to 500 patients from San Mateo Medical Center’s Daly City facility may have been jeopardized last month by a …

Oath Agrees to $5 Million Settlement Over Children’s Privacy Online 
New York Times

Google was criticized this year by New Mexico’s attorney general for how it may collect children’s location data, while other privacy advocates have …