U.S. accuses China for massive Marriott hotel chain data theft

New York Times Chinese hackers behind massive Marriott breach
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And according to investigators looking into the situation, the hack can be traced back to China and attributed to cyber criminals working at the behest of China's civilian spy agency, the Ministry of State Security. The information of about 500 million customers worldwide was exposed. Besides the information they swiped from Marriott over the last four years, the hackers also reportedly obtained data from health insurers including Anthem and "the security clearance files of millions more Americans" as part of the effort, the report notes. "The MSS, an intelligence and security agency, has been behind many Chinese government intrusions into sensitive USA networks in recent years".

China has reportedly been trying to build a database containing U.S. government officials' personal information. This time it's being accused of carrying out the Marriott data breach, according to the New York Times.

The New York Times also reported that the "discovery comes as the Trump administration is planning actions targeting China's trade, cyber and economic policies, perhaps within days", and added that the United States may "make it harder for Chinese companies to obtain critical components for telecommunications equipment", in response to the hack.

In addition, Washington is expected this week to unveil new charges against Chinese military and intelligence hackers as it seeks to counter what is seen as a broad-based, sustained cyber threat against USA government and corporate targets from Beijing. Officials are also preparing to declassify documents detailing efforts by Chinese agents to compile a database of American executives with security clearances.

Spain braces for some 500 violent fans for Copa Libertadores
The victor of the Copa Libertadores will claim the last remaining place at the Fifa Club World Cup in the UAE later this month. Martinez ran the ball into the empty net and River's substitutes and staff all poured onto the pitch to begin the celebrations.

This month's arrest in Canada of Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei, at the request of the U.S. has complicated efforts to resolve a dispute which has seen Washington slap tariffs on $250bn worth of Chinese goods, and Beijing responding in kind.

In other business news, Hertz says it's teaming up with biometric company clear to speed up the process of renting a vehicle. -China relations. The Trump administration has been working with Chinese officials to negotiate an end to the trade war. On Tuesday she was granted bail in Canada while she awaits extradition to the U.S.

Marriott is offering help to customers impacted by massive data breach; question and answer website Quora says data of 100 million users was stolen.

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