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Concerns rise as hotel chains disclose data breach

SEATTLE — The disclosure of consumer data breaches at certain Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton and other major hotel chains managed by White Lodging Hotels comes as Congress is getting briefed about how cybercriminals are taking advantage of flaws in systems that collect and store sensitive data.

News: White Lodging warns of breach

Senators Al Franken, Dick Durbin, and Diane Fienstein yesterday got an earful from senior executives from Target and Neiman Marcus and a full slate of industry experts.

Sterne Agee analyst Vijay Rakesh says two big takeaways from Tuesday’s sessions on Capitol Hill were:

The October 2015 timeline issued by Visa and MasterCard …more

Spear phishing wave could follow hack of e-mail marketer Epsilon

The Epsilon hack, in which potentially millions of consumers names and e-mail addresses were pilfered, is the latest in a running series of similar disclosures.

Comodo, which manages the digital certificates used to authenticate websites, such as Google, Yahoo, Skype and Windows Live, last month disclosed that intruders stole the means to create faked websites that look and behave like the real ones.

And RSA, the security division of EMC, recently disclosed that intruders gained access to the technology behind RSA security tokens, small devices that issue one-time pass codes generally used for accessing sensitive corporate accounts.

“It’s getting harder for companies to hide when they’ve had a …more