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Uber Fined $460k For Data Breach

European countries are fining Uber with a penalty for the way it handled a 2016 data breach. According to TechCruch, this breach could have been avoided if Uber didn’t store their AWS login information in plain text on GitHub. Making two-factor authentication mandatory for the private GitHub repositories may have also prevented the issue.

Article source: https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/20/french-data-protection-watchdog-fines-uber-460000-for-data-breach/

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Data Privacy Vs. Data Protection: The Distinction In Defending Your Data

With the high frequency of data breaches in the Information Age, not many people actually understand the key concepts concerned with data storage, such as the difference between data privacy and data protection.
This article elaborates on the distinction between data privacy and data protection, as well as the importance of having the needed systems to protect digital assets.

Article source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2018/12/19/data-privacy-vs-data-protection-understanding-the-distinction-in-defending-your-data/

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Facebook's Latest Breach Illustrates The Limits Of GDPR

According to this article, Facebook had a data breach that allowed the private photos of up to 6.8 million users to be improperly accessible to many different applications for nearly two weeks before the company noticed the security lapse and fixed it. Furthermore, it took Facebook almost three months to notify the General Data Protection Regulation agency about the breach, disregarding their 72-hour notification requirement. GDPR regulations have their limitations, especially if they may not have been implemented correctly.

Article source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2018/12/14/facebooks-latest-breach-illustrates-the-limits-of-gdpr/#5106c6b274a5

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Affected by the Marriott Data Breach? Here is What to do.

If you are one of the 327 million guests affected in the Marriott hotels data breach, this article provides tips on how to further protect yourself from a possible identity theft and misuse of your personal information.

Article source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/30/tech/marriott-breach-what-to-do/index.html

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Marriott Breach Exposes Data of Up to 500 Million Guests

Per the article, the reservation system of the international hotel chain has been hacked today and the personal data of up to 500 million of Marriott’s customers have been exposed.

Since they hold a lot of sensitive information, including credit card and passport details, hotels are an attractive target for hackers. Another main reason for cyber attacks on the hotel industry is the lack of tough security standards such as those used by banking and high-tech industries.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/business/marriott-data-breach.html

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Amazon Hit With Major Data Breach

Two days before Black Friday, the e-commerce giant Amazon was hit by a major data breach which lead to a leak of some of their customers names and emails.

Amazon sent an email to the customers affected confirming that the technical issue that lead to the accidentally posted data has been fixed.

Article source: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/nov/21/amazon-hit-with-major-data-breach-days-before-black-friday

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Cathay Pacific Airlines Has Data Breach Affecting 9.4 Million Passengers

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. and its subsidiary Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd, confirmed that the data of about 9.4 million of their passengers had been accessed without authorization. The company said that the suspicious activity was discovered in March 2018 and an investigation in May 2018 confirmed that certain personal data was stolen.

Article source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cathay-pacific-cyber/cathay-pacific-flags-data-breach-affecting-9-4-million-passengers-idUSKCN1MY26L

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Facebook Hack: What Happened and How it Affects You

Facebook reported that they had a massive security breach with at least 50 million of their users affected. The attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code running the “View as” feature, by stealing users access tokens and potentially taking over their accounts.

Article source: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3310040/security/facebook-account-breach-faq.html

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