Marriott International has been fined £18.4 million (US $23.8 million) for its failure to adequately protect the personal records 339 million guests. The fine, imposed by UK data regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), is a massive 81% less than the £99.2 million fine originally imposed upon the hotel group last year. Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.
US hospitals and healthcare providers have been warned that there is evidence of a credible and imminent threat that they will be targeted by ransomware. In an alert jointly released by the FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agencies reveal that it has "credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to US hospitals and healthcare providers." Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.
Facebook has filed federal lawsuits against four individuals who it claims have been selling fake Instagram followers. Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.
Loginizer, a popular plugin for protecting WordPress blogs from brute force attacks, has been found to contain its own severe vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers. The flaw opened up opportunities for cybercriminals to completely compromise WordPress sites. Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.
Sandbox Interactive, the developers of the free medieval fantasy video game Albion Online, have warned players that a hacker managed to break into its systems and gain access to its user database. Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.
British Airways has been fined £20 million (US $26 million) following a data breach which saw its systems hacked and the personal and payment card information of 400,000 customers stolen. Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.
From the as-if-you-didn’t-have-enough-to-worry-about-in-2020 department, the FBI has warned that scammers are attempting to defraud the public by exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.
Video clips stolen from more than 50,000 hacked cameras have been uploaded to pornographic websites, and X-rated footage sold to people prepared to pay a subscription fee of US $150. Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.