Both Marriott and Quora have suffered huge data breaches:
Marriott is arguably one of the biggest hotel chains in the world. The size of their company however did not protect them from malicious hackers. This week it was revealed that over 500 million Marriott accounts were hacked. Think about that for a minute. 500 million accounts hacked. That’s more than every man woman and child in the united states today.
Marriott is an international company with patrons from all over the world. They claim that even though their data was breached, the credit card information was still encrypted and therefore should be safe. I’d argue that this is simply not true.
Think about it, if those hackers were savvy enough to get their hands on half a billion accounts, I’m sure they’ve got someone savvy enough to decrypt a credit card or two.
The other problem that presents itself is that they now have passwords and associated email accounts.
Most people typically use the same passwords over and over again. It’s likely that someone used the same password for their Marriott account that they use for their gmail account. Hackers now have this information and could simply couple emails and passwords and do several malicious things.
They could log on to your bank account information if you use the same password and e-mail for your banking. They could log on to your social media accounts. They could access your iCloud pictures (which may have compromising information about you).
Marriott is trying to play this off by saying that the credit card information is safe, but I think it’s probably a good idea for all of us to change our passwords immediately and often.
Quora was also breached
It came out this week too that Quora, the popular question answering website, has now been compromised as well! 100 million of their accounts were hacked. It seems that every week we are getting word of a new organization that is being compromised.
How do you keep your data secure? Do you use a password manager? 2-step verification? How often to you change your password?
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