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November 2018: Cyber Security Round Up

November was another busy month in the world of cyber security with lots of data hacks being reported as well as many internet users taking advantage of the biggest online shopping event of the year, Black Friday. Here’s the latest from November:

Marriot Hotels Hacked

Marriott International Hotels revealed that they had been a victim of a mammoth data breach in November. A massive 500 million customer records were said to have been compromised by an unauthorised party. In response to the hack, the world’s largest hotel group have launched an internal investigation.

£385,000 fine driven to Uber

Ridesharing company, Uber have been fined a huge £385,000 for the loss of UK customer data back in 2016, by The Information Commissioner’s Office. The data which included full names, addresses and phone numbers were stolen due to avoidable data security flaws. Read more on this here..

Facebook documents seized by UK parliament

A group of MPs have seized a cache of Facebook documents during an investigation into the Cambridge Analytica Scandal. Parliamentary powers, which are rarely undertaken, were used to demand details from a US software firm. The documents seized were said to be ‘highly relevant’ to MP Damian Collins’ inquiry and Facebook has demanded that they be returned – Good luck with that one!

GCHQ warned of cyber threat on Black Friday

The National Cyber Security Centre, which is part of the GCHQ intelligence service, warned many Black Friday bargain hunters about the risks of online shopping and advised that they could be targeted as prime pickings for cyber-crime. This was the first official cyber-warning in the run-up to the Christmas shopping season and is a sure reminder to stay safe while shopping online.

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