By The Canadian Press Thu., Dec. 6, 2018 Canadians have started receiving emails from Marriott International, informing them of a recent breach of customers’ personal data held by their Starwood hotel properties. The U.S.-based hotel giant, which is also behind brands including W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton and Westin, says in the email that the breach may have impacted up to 500 million guests. The company says the contact information, passport numbers, arrival and departure information, reservation dates, and credit card information of up to 327 million guests may also be entangled in the incident. Marriott says unauthorized access to such data has been occurring since 2014, but was only recently discovered. Marriott says it has been sending emails with these details to guests since Nov. 30, when the breach was revealed. Article Continued Below The company did not respond to a request for comment regarding how many Canadians have, or are expected to, … [Read more...] about Canadians receive emails from Marriott about recent personal data breach
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HONG KONG: Hong Kong's privacy commissioner will launch a compliance investigation into Cathay Pacific Airways over a data breach involving 9.4 million passengers, saying the carrier may have violated privacy rules.The airline has faced criticism for the seven-month delay in its October revelation of the breach in the data, which it said had been accessed without authorization, following suspicious activity in its network in March."There are reasonable grounds to believe there may be a contravention of a requirement under the law," Hong Kong's Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Stephen Wong, said in a statement."The compliance investigation is going to examine in detail, amongst others, the security measures taken by Cathay Pacific to safeguard its customers' personal data and the airline's data retention policy and practice," he added.It will also cover Cathay's fully owned subsidiary, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd, or Dragon Air, some of whose passengers were affected by the … [Read more...] about Hong Kong privacy watchdog to probe Cathay Pacific over massive data breach
SINGAPORE: About 70,000 members of the Securities Investors Association (Singapore) had their personal particulars illegally accessed and copied in 2013, though the data breach was only uncovered recently. The investor watchdog said in an email to its members that the breach had come to its attention only on Wednesday (Jul 25). The email, signed off by SIAS general manager Richard Dyason, said the association’s membership database was “breached and leaked” five years ago, resulting in names, NRIC numbers and telephone numbers of affected members being “illegally accessed and copied”. However, “no records were amended or deleted”, it added. When contacted, SIAS president David Gerald said the investor watchdog was notified of the breach by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) on Wednesday morning. As investigations into the breach get underway, SIAS said it is “taking active steps to prevent any … [Read more...] about Singapore investor watchdog uncovers personal data breach from 2013; 70,000 members hit
SINGAPORE: As the dust settles on the “most serious breach of personal data” in Singapore’s history, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's medical records among those stolen, there have been questions asked if authorities responded in a timely enough manner once the threat of a cyberattack had been detected.Database administrators from the Integrated Health Information System (IHIS) detected unusual activity on SingHealth’s IT systems on Jul 4 and put a stop to the data breach activities. It was later that they found out data had been illegally copied and stolen beginning from Jun 27 – eight days before the cyberattack was detected.From Jul 4 to Jul 9, they continued to monitor the network traffic closely before ascertaining it was a cyberattack and alerted superiors. On Jul 10, MOH, SingHealth and the Cybersecurity Agency of Singapore (CSA) were informed and forensic investigations carried out.One cybersecurity practitioner, Mr Jonathan … [Read more...] about SingHealth cyberattack: Did authorities respond fast enough to Singapore’s worst personal data breach?
Information from the accounts of more than 65,000 Facebook users in Singapore might have been "improperly shared" with data analytics company Cambridge Analytica, the social media giant said yesterday, as the total number of affected users nearly doubled beyond what was originally estimated. It has also prompted Singapore's privacy watchdog to look into the matter. Facebook said in a statement yesterday that the information of 65,009 Facebook users here was likely affected in the growing data breach involving Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy firm which applies data mining and analysis to elections. Facebook is now embroiled in a global scandal for its role in the breach, accused of not ensuring the security of its users' personal data. Cambridge Analytica is said to have exploited the data for commercial and political use. Facebook's chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer said in an update on Wednesday that the total number of people who had their information improperly … [Read more...] about 65,000 Singapore Facebook users may have had personal data breached