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#deepweb | Hackers are stealing loyalty rewards. Are your air miles or hotel points at risk?

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American consumers love loyalty programs. It’s estimated that the 3.3 billion loyalty program members in the U.S. currently store about $48 billion worth of points and miles in their accounts, according to Chargebacks911. These programs have grown so large in recent years that they’ve become an inviting target for hackers.

“It’s a huge problem and getting bigger,” said Brett Johnson, a former cyber-thief who turned his life around and became a digital security consultant after spending six years in prison. “Rewards points are a goldmine for crooks. They’re easy to access, very easy to use or transfer, and victims rarely check their accounts, so criminals flock to this type of crime without fear of consequences.”

While we call them miles or points, loyalty rewards are really a form of digital currency that can be used just like cash. Because they’re so liquid, the hackers don’t have to book flights or hotel stays with them. They can buy gift cards or merchandise to resell online, or they can simply sell the stolen rewards to other criminals.

Electronic gift cards are the favorite way to turn loyalty rewards into cash, said Peter R. Maeder, secretary and cofounder of the Loyalty Security Association.

“The opportunities for criminals in the loyalty area are tremendous,” Maeder told NBC News BETTER from his home-base of Switzerland. “Crooks talk to one another and the word is out that they can make easy money very quickly this way, and there’s not a lot of danger of being caught.”

Scammers always look for soft targets, and loyalty accounts are relatively easy to attack.

“They are incredibly insecure,” said John Breyault at Fraud.org (a public service of the National Consumers League). “Typically, they usually don’t have two-factor authentication; they’re only protected by an e-mail address and password. That’s just like leaving your front door unlocked to cyberthieves, who can get in easily and make money off of your miles or points.”

While travel rewards are a prime target for hackers, any loyalty program where the rewards are accessed digitally is at risk. Loyalty programs at McDonald’s, Domino’s and Buffalo Wild Wings have all been hacked, the New York Times reported.

How much are stolen rewards worth?

There’s a vibrant market for stolen miles and points and loyalty reward program login credentials on the ‘dark web’, the online black market where criminals shop.

“They can just go shopping for what they want,” said Kevin Lee, digital trust and safety architect at Sift, a digital security company. The dark web, Lee says, is “essentially like an Amazon marketplace where you can find rewards for hotel chains and airlines.”

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NBC News BETTER asked Lee to check the dark web so he could give us an idea of what these rewards are selling for right now. Turns out, they’re a steal (pun intended). He found:

  • 900,000 Marriott points (value $1,125) selling for only $270.
  • 44,000 Hilton points (worth $450) selling for just $20.
  • 2,000 Jet Blue miles ($75 to buy from the airline) selling for $2.50.

“They’re cheap and you aggregate lots of these different accounts together and then funnel them into one account and buy a plane ticket or redeem them for other rewards,” Lee said.

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How Hotel Cybersecurity Keeps Guests and Data Secure

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Hotels need cybersecurity: Although they don’t have the volume of transactions that big box retail stores do, their transactions are generally larger, and their guests have more at stake than just their groceries. But the personal information hotels store is only part of what’s at risk. Breaking Down Hotel Cybersecurity…

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CDC Warns Parents About This Dangerous Hotel Pool Habit

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Vigil held for 10-year-old girl who died after being found in hotel pool

A vigil was held Tuesday evening for a 10-year-old girl who died Friday night after she was found unresponsive in a pool at a Monroeville hotel.

Keaozjae Brown, of Homestead, was found in the pool at the Hampton Inn on Mosside Boulevard just before 7 p.m. Friday, authorities said. She was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where she died about 9 p.m.

Tuesday’s vigil was held outside the hospital and included a balloon release.

Lakeila Brown, Keaozjae’s mother, told Channel 11 News that her family was at the hotel for a party when a family member rushed to tell her that her daughter was receiving CPR.

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PLA’s hacking hotel

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PLA’s hacking hotel

U.S. military intelligence has identified a headquarters for a Chinese military hacking unit — inside two Beijing hotels.
According to an open-source intelligence report produced by the Army’s Asian Studies Detachment, “the Headquarters/Jintang and Seasons Hotel appear to be located

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Millionaire US businessman faces life in jail after admitting strangling his British girlfriend in a hotel room before hanging a ‘do not disturb sign’ on the door after the couple met on a Muslim dating site

A millionaire New York businessman has admitted strangling his British girlfriend to death in a hotel room before hanging a ‘do not disturb sign’ on the door after they met on a Muslim dating site. Property tycoon Sammy Almahri, 45, dramatically changed his plea on the second day of his trial at Cardiff Crown Court this morning and admitted murdering 28-year-old Nadine Aburas. He had earlier admitted unlawfully killing her, but had denied murder. He now faces life in prison. Read More….

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Hacking Hotel Locks and Point of Sale Systems with a MagSpoofer – Defcon 24

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Hacking Hotel Locks and Point of Sale Systems with a MagSpoofer – Defcon 24

Several attacks on POS and Hotel keys including brute forcing other guest’s keys from your card information as a start point. Using a Samy Kumkar’s work on mag spoofing, you can inject keystrokes into POS systems just as if you

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Hackers target major hotel chains including Marriott, Sheraton, Hyatt & Westin

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Hackers target major hotel chains including Marriott, Sheraton, Hyatt & Westin

Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott and Westin hotels in 10 states and the District of Columbia may have been targeted by hackers for months.
The states where the hacking happened include locations in California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and

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Hackers Target Donald Trump’s hotel empire

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Hackers Target Donald Trump’s hotel empire

US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s chain of luxury hotels appears to have been hacked by cyber-criminals. The Trump Hotel Collection, which includes more than a dozen high-end hotels, was reportedly targeted by hackers who stole several customers’ credit card information. According to cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs, he was tipped off by unnamed sources from the banking industry who, “noticed a pattern of fraud on customer credit cards which suggests that hackers have breached credit card systems at some — if not all — of the Trump Hotel Collection properties.” According to the same sources, affected properties appeared to include Trump International Hotel New York,Trump Hotel Waikiki in Honolulu, and the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto. Although the breach has not been officially confirmed by the hotel chain, a representative told Krebs the group was “in the midst of a thorough investigation on this matter.” “The report of the breach at the Trump Hotel Collection is not surprising given the amount of public attention on Donald Trump himself, as well as the general fact that hotels are a popular target for attackers,” said Chris Webber, from security company Centrify. “One thing we can be sure of is that Trump […]

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Website/IP rljlodgingtrust.com may be hackable #hotel, #hackerproof

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