Hilton Worldwide Admits Credit Card Breach

 

Hilton Worldwide recently announced that it had discovered and removed malware designed to steal payment card information from restaurants, gift shops and other point-of-sale systems at some of its hotels.

Working with third-party forensics experts, law enforcement and payment card companies, Hilton says it determined that the malware specifically targeted cardholder names, payment card numbers, security codes and expiration dates. No addresses or PINs were accessed.

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‘Star Wars’ Emails Offering Free ‘Force Awakens’ Movie Tickets Is A Phishing Scam Test

 

At least one cybersecurity company is warning customers to watch out for emails claiming to give away free tickets for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in the coming weeks. The release date is two months away and, with tickets going for $100 each, hackers will try to take over fans’ computers by convincing them they can get into the theater without paying — or even waiting in line.

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Avoid Malicious eCards This Season

 

eCards (electronic or online greeting cards) have become very popular over the past few years. They provide a convenient, inexpensive and fun way to send greetings to friends and family – or if you run a business – your customers. eCards are especially popular for occasions celebrated by many people such as Christmas or Valentine’s Day – as well as for individual occasions such as birthdays and weddings.

However, as is the case with emails, you need to exercise care when you either receive or send an eCard, in case it is actually a disguise for some kind of scam.

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Credit Card Security: Swiping is out, Chips are in

We’re entering the busiest shopping season of the year, and after the many data breaches of years gone by, consumers, banks and retailers can rejoice with tidings of greater credit card security on the way.

You may have already received a card with the new microchip technology. However, only some retailers have new compatible card readers that let you “dip” your chip into the machine instead of swiping. (And new cards also have a magnetic stripe, for any purchase you make at a retailer using the older systems.) But — as of Oct. 1, 2015, retailers still using swipe readers are financially responsible for any credit card fraud, instead of the bank that issues the card. So you’ll see new machines more and more often.

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The Best Secure Social Networks for Younger Children

Social media is a part of everyday life for most teenagers, with many dedicating large amounts of their online time to these networks. Research shows that teens tend to favor popular sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For much younger children, however – those under the age of 13 – these networks tend to be out of reach because of age restrictions and suitability. But, as technology is introduced earlier and earlier, there is a growing need for child-friendly social networks, the kind that parents are happy to introduce to their kids.Continue Reading…

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