Category Archives: Guest blog

Marriott data breach fine slashed to £18.4 million by UK regulator

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 warned of threat of imminent ransomware attack

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.

Over one million WordPress sites receive forced update to security plugin after severe vulnerability discovered

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.