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Marriott Says 500 million Starwood Guest Records Stolen in Massive Data Breach

Posted on Friday November 30, 2018  |  crime, Piracy, privacy, security alerts

An anonymous reader writes: Starwood Hotels has confirmed its hotel guest database of about 500 million customers has been stolen in a data breach. The hotel and resorts giant said in a statement filed with U.S. regulators that the "unauthorized access" to its guest database was detected on or before September 10 -- but may have dated back as far as 2014. "Marriott learned during the investigation that there had been unauthorized access to the Starwood network since 2014," said the statement. "Marriott recently discovered that an unauthorized party had copied and encrypted information, and took steps towards removing it." Specific details of the breach remain unknown. We've contacted Starwood for more and will update when we hear back. The company said hat it obtained and decrypted the database on November 19 and "determined that the contents were from the Starwood guest reservation database." Some 327 million records contained a guest's name, postal address, phone number, date of birth, gender, email address, passport number, Starwood's rewards information (including points and balance), arrival and departure information, reservation date, and their communication preferences.

 

Putting Stickers On Your Laptop is Probably a Bad Security Idea

Posted on Tuesday August 14, 2018  |  mobile, privacy, security alerts

From border crossings to hacking conferences, that Bitcoin or political sticker may be worth leaving on a case at home. From a report: Plenty of hackers, journalists, and technologists love to cover their laptop in all manner of stickers. Maybe one shows off their employer, another flaunts that local cryptoparty they attended, or others may display the laptop owner's interest in Bitcoin. That's all well and good, but a laptop lid full of stickers also arguably provides something of a red flag to authorities or hackers who may want to access sensitive information stored on that computer, or otherwise cause the owner hassle. "Conferences, border crossing[s], airports, public places -- stickers will/can get you targeted for opposition research, industrial espionage, legal or investigative scrutiny," Matt Mitchell, director of digital safety and privacy for technology and activism group Tactical Tech, told Motherboard in an online chat. Mitchell said political stickers, for instance, can land you in secondary search or result in being detained while crossing a border. In one case, Mitchell said a hacker friend ended up missing a flight over stickers.

 

4053440 - Securely opening Microsoft Office documents that contain Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) fields - Version: 3.0

Posted on Tuesday January 09, 2018  |  security alerts

Revision Note: V3.0 (January 9, 2018): Microsoft has released an update for all supported editions of Microsoft Excel that allows users to set the functionality of the DDE protocol based on their environment. For more information and to download the update, see ADV170021.
Summary: Microsoft is releasing this security advisory to provide information regarding security settings for Microsoft Office applications. This advisory provides guidance on what users can do to ensure that these applications are properly secured when processing Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) fields.

 

4056318 - Guidance for securing AD DS account used by Azure AD Connect for directory synchronization - Version: 1.0

Posted on Tuesday December 12, 2017  |  security alerts

Revision Note: V1.0 (December 12, 2017): Advisory published.
Summary: Microsoft is releasing this security advisory to provide information regarding security settings for the AD DS (Active Directory Domain Services) account used by Azure AD Connect for directory synchronization. This advisory also provides guidance on what on-premises AD administrators can do to ensure that the account is properly secured.

 

4038556 - Guidance for securing applications that host the WebBrowser Control - Version: 1.0

Posted on Tuesday August 08, 2017  |  security alerts

Revision Note: V1.0 (August 8, 2017): Advisory published.
Summary: Microsoft is releasing this security advisory to provide information regarding security settings for applications developed with the Microsoft Internet Explorer layout engine, also known as the Trident layout engine. This advisory also provides guidance on what developers and individuals can do to ensure that their applications hosting the WebBrowser Control are properly secured.

 

4033453 - Vulnerability in Azure AD Connect Could Allow Elevation of Privilege - Version: 1.0

Posted on Tuesday June 27, 2017  |  security alerts

Revision Note: V1.0 (June 27, 2017): Advisory published.
Summary: Microsoft is releasing this security advisory to inform customers that a new version of Azure Active Directory (AD) Connect is available that addresses an Important security vulnerability.

 

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