Mike Pompeo confirms China was behind massive Marriott hack

Hacker-Reuters

The attack on the Marriott's Starwood chain was discovered in September, then publicly disclosed last month.

USA investigators suspect the hackers were working on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security, an official briefed on the investigation who requested anonymity told The Associated Press news agency.

China has reportedly been trying to build a database containing United States government officials' personal information.

US Presidential election heading towards referendum on 'lock him up'
Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has also said that a president can not be indicted. Trump himself did not seem troubled by the revelations.

These actions are said to include indictments against Chinese hackers and declassification of intelligence reports detailing Chinese cyberespionage efforts.

The revelation of suspected involvement by China comes amid heightened tension with the USA over trade; the arrest in Canada on an American warrant of a top executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei; and alarm among law enforcement officials about Chinese efforts to steal technology to bolster its growing economy.

OH LOOK, CHINA IS BEING BLAMED for cyber attacks again.

Outstanding Leo Messi leads Barca to easy derby win
Barca's front three were all in fine form but Messi was the conductor at the heart of all their play. After a slow start to the second half, Barca were pinned back early on with a few half-chances.

Earlier this month, Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping declared a 90-day truce in their trade dispute so the two sides could work on an agreement to avoid new tariffs and an escalated trade war. The recent arrest of Huawei chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Canada is complicating the story further.

White House national security adviser John Bolton recently told reporters he believed Beijing was behind the Office of Personnel Management hack, a claim first made by the United States in 2015.

Marriott acquired Starwood in 2016 for $13.6bn, including the Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, St Regis, Aloft, Le Meridien, Tribute, Four Points and Luxury Collection hotel brands, forming the world's largest hotel operator. Now, it's been reported that the incident was part of a Chinese intelligence operation and follows a rise in cyber activity by the country, which one NSA agent said was preparation for hacks on "critical infrastructure." . "The Trump administration also plans to declassify intelligence reports to reveal Chinese efforts dating to at least 2014 to build a database containing names of executives and American government officials with security clearances".

Healthcare job growth slows; 13,000 hospital positions added in November
First, what it calls the U-6 unemployment rate: It measures total unemployment, including discouraged and underemployed workers. That's boosting consumer confidence to almost 18-year highs, spurring more spending, and bolstering winter holiday shopping.

Marriott on Tuesday reiterated its previous comment on the data breach, saying in a statement: "Our primary objectives in this investigation are figuring out what occurred and how we can best help our guests".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top French police release photo of suspected Strasbourg gunman Cherif Chekatt
Dec 13, 2018 - 23:24
The mayor of Strasbourg Roland Ries said the Christmas market will be closed on Wednesday and flags will be lowered to half-mast. A photo posted to Twitter shows people locked down inside the European Parliament building, in Strasbourg , after the attack.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins Calls Out Officals After Loss
Dec 13, 2018 - 22:54
The Cowboys and their fans, however, will gladly take it as the win moved them one step closer to clinching the NFC East. It was a poorly played, uneventful affair for three quarters before a wild shootout suddenly broke out in the fourth.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top OPEC's Deal To Slash Oil Production Gets Support From Azerbaijan's Government
Dec 13, 2018 - 22:53
Before landing in Saudi Arabia , Secretary Perry was in Qatar, which said just last week that it was quitting OPEC as of January. Oil producers were under heavy pressure to slash production following a sharp fall in oil prices over the past few months.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Heads up! Geminid meteor shower peaks this week
Dec 13, 2018 - 22:11
The shower, or Geminids, occurs every year when Earth passes through a massive trail of debris from an object called 3200 Phaeton. Meteors will be visible beginning 8 p.m., but they will be more prominent past midnight and will last until 5 a.m.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mo Salah leaves fans confused after refusing to celebrate goal against Napoli
Dec 13, 2018 - 21:44
Trent got a knock on his foot, we are not sure about what exactly it is. Yes, we could have scored more often but the 2-0 doesn't help a lot.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Roger the ripped kangaroo dies of natural causes in NT sanctuary
Dec 11, 2018 - 03:41
Roger shot to viral fame in 2015 thanks when a photo of him squashing a bucket lit up social media. The last photo taken of Roger showed him idling on the ground as he waited to be fed.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Uber makes confidential filing for long-awaited IPO
Dec 11, 2018 - 03:15
A source having knowledge regarding this matte told that UBER seemed to be very keen to beat Lyft on Wall Street. The companies are racing each other to go public in stock market in 2019 amid fear of economic recession.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rep. Mark Meadows on Trump's Short List for Chief of Staff
Dec 11, 2018 - 03:10
Whitaker is now serving as acting attorney general until the Senate confirms Trump's choice of William Barr to take the job. Last week, Trump tweeted that he hopes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will hold a vote on the legislation.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mesut Ozil Responds To Arsenal Victory Over Huddersfield
Dec 11, 2018 - 02:54
Torreira is likely to be rested for Arsenal's Europa League clash at home to Qarabag on Thursday. In a game strewn with yellow cards, Huddersfield themselves rarely threatened the Arsenal goal .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China prepares to go for the far aspect of the Moon
Dec 11, 2018 - 02:47
The scientific instruments on its lander are still operating, making Chang'e-3 the longest working man-made probe on the moon. In preparation for the launch , China placed a relay satellite in orbit this May to facilitate communication with the probe.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Offset admits he misses wife Cardi B
Dec 11, 2018 - 01:56
One joked: "B***h I cheated on you by accident and now you f*** leave and break my heart?" My relationship was never fake. It's nobody fault I guess we just grew out of love but we are not together anymore.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Meghan Markle loses another top aide amid rumors of being demanding
Dec 11, 2018 - 01:50
Thomas Markle , father of Meghan , gave an interview with the British newspaper The Daily Mail to talk about his daughter. The departure of Cohen, 50, will do little to quell recent speculation that Meghan is hard to work for.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Most US adults haven't gotten a flu shot this season
Dec 09, 2018 - 16:42
Christa Mitchell from Central Kentucky says she spent 49 days in the hospital after contracting the flu the day after Christmas. On Thursday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced that six people have died from the flu since September 1.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top LeBron James Wants Lakers To Sign Carmelo Anthony
Dec 09, 2018 - 16:16
The Lakers have " no interest " in acquiring Anthony, per a tweet by the Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner early Friday afternoon. They were two of the four players who took a vacation together when the famous Banana Boat photo was taken.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Marlboro maker places $1.8 billion bet on marijuana
Dec 09, 2018 - 16:14
The purchase is the second involving a big-money deal connected with a Canadian marijuana company in recent months. It will also acquire warrants that will allow Altria to buy more stock at $19 per share within four years.