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Dangerous misconceptions about data breaches

Not all breaches are the same, nor always a failure of company processes, but executives need to take steps to ensure the long-term security of their marketing data.

Many data breaches, including most of the ones making headlines over the past year, are much subtler. These breaches, which can take months if not years to uncover, originate from a lack of proper controls and understanding of vulnerabilities.

Full article: Dangerous misconceptions about data breaches – MarTech Today

Risks from stolen Marriott data: espionage, ID theft, home burglaries

The data stolen from the Marriott hotel empire in a massive breach is so rich and specific it could be used for espionage, identity theft, reputational attacks and even home burglaries, security experts say.

Affected reservation system could be extremely enticing to nation-state spies interested in the travels of military and senior government officials.

Full article: Risks from stolen Marriott data: espionage, ID theft, home burglaries – East Bay Times

Germany proposes router security guidelines

The German government published at the start of the month an initial draft for rules on securing Small Office and Home Office (SOHO) routers.

Once approved, router manufacturers don’t have to abide by these requirements, but if they do, they can use a special sticker on their products showing their compliance.

Full article: Germany proposes router security guidelines | ZDNet

Airlines collect too much passenger data

Airlines are widening scope of data they collect from passengers – but if it goes wrong, they could find themselves dealing with the fallout of a security breach and scrambling to win back trust.

Full article: Collecting passenger data can help airlines’ customer service and profitability soar, but as Cathay Pacific hack shows it can be a risky strategy | South China Morning Post

Marriott Hacking Exposes Data of Up to 500 Million Guests

Marriott International acknowledged on Friday that an “unauthorized party had copied and encrypted information” belonging to about 500 million customers on its Starwood reservations system.

The personal information of customers that was stolen includes names, dates of birth, passport numbers and payment numbers.

Full article: Marriott Hacking Exposes Data of Up to 500 Million Guests – The New York Times

Instagram GDPR Tool Exposes Subscriber Passwords

A warning has been issued by Instagram that a number of users of the social media platform have had their password details exposed by a security leak.

Ironically, this breach occurred due to a flaw in the ‘Download Your Data’ tool that Instagram added to the platform to allow users to download a copy of their own data. Instagram sent these users their passwords in plain text. This feature was implemented in April in order to ensure compliance with the European Union General Data Protection legislation which became enforceable on May 25 this year. The tool was developed due to privacy concerns in the aftermath of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Full article: Instagram GDPR Tool Exposes Subscriber Passwords – Compliance Junction

Thefts, Hacks And Surveillance: Whose Side Is Blockchain On?

Crypto is in the news for the recent hacks and breaches, becoming the favorite currency of cybercriminals. This article examines what is actually going on, the fundamentals of security and what the crypto-community is actually doing to prevent hacks and surveillance.

Full article: Thefts, Hacks And Surveillance: Whose Side Is Blockchain On?

Uber fined more than $1 million by U.K. and Dutch authorities

Uber was fined a combined $1.17 million by British and Dutch authorities Tuesday for a 2016 data breach that exposed the personal details of millions of customers. The penalties come from the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office and the Dutch Data Protection Authority.

Source: Uber fined more than $1 million by U.K. and Dutch authorities

Stop focusing your information security efforts on the wrong things!

There once was a time not all that long ago when security teams could plead ignorant to IT security risks, with minimal possible consequence in terms of any significant damage coming to the company. Those days are long gone. In today’s era of advanced cyberattacks, information security is too important an element of business success to dismiss.

Full article: Stop focusing your information security efforts on the wrong things!

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