Marriott Confirms Hack Impacting Nearly 500 Million, Ebola Outbreak Now Second Worst In History, Ukraine Bans Russian Men

Marriott Confirms Hack Impacting Nearly 500 Million, Ebola Outbreak Now Second Worst In History, Ukraine Bans Russian Men, And More
  • ​​Marriott’s guest reservation system was compromised, potentially exposing personal information of roughly 500 million guests. Marriott confirmed the breach Friday morning, explaining that hackers gained access to its networks in 2014 and that the hotel only became aware of the breach last week. “The company recently discovered that an unauthorized party had copied and encrypted information, and took steps towards removing it,” Marriott said in a statement CNN reports. ​

  • The Democratic Republic of Congo now has the second worst Ebola outbreak in history with 426 confirmed and probable cases. “Ebola is believed to have killed 245 people in North Kivu and Ituri provinces where attacks by armed groups and community resistance to health officials have hampered the response,” according to Reuters.

  • Ukraine banned Russian men ages 16 to 60 from entering the country after Russia seized control of Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tweeted about the decision to bar Russian men from the country, saying it was made to prevent “private armies which in reality are representatives of Russian armed forces,” according to NBC News. 

  • Search crews have looked through almost 18,000 structures in northern California that were impacted by the state’s most recent bout of wildfires. However, there are still nearly 200 people who remain unaccounted for. “Sheriff Kory L. Honea of Butte County, who led the search, said Thursday that he was ‘very optimistic’ that people currently listed as unaccounted for would be found alive and that the death toll was close to final,” The New York Times reports.

  • U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein renewed calls for backdoors in encryption at a cybersecurity summit at Georgetown University Law School. “There is nothing virtuous about refusing to help develop responsible encryption, or in shaming people who understand the dangers of creating any spaces—whether real-world or virtual—where people are free to victimize others without fear of getting caught or punished,” Rosenstein said.

  • In other news, private security firms are taking a greater role in assigning attribution to nation-state hacks, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former lawyer revealed new information about the president’s business dealings with Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plane was forced to land due to a technical issue, none of the migrants arrested in a U.S.-Mexico border clash will be prosecuted, and ProPublica takes a look at what happened when a West Virginia police officer chose not to shoot a black man.​​​