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What Was Stolen

Steps To Take

Including Sheraton, W, St. Regis, Westin, Element, Aloft, Le Meredian and other hotels.

327 million customers’ personal information including email addresses, itineraries, passport numbers and birthdays was stolen. Initial reports blame the Chinese government for the breach.

  • Customers should call 877 273-9481 to see if their personal information has been stolen.

  • Starwood is offering a year’s free membership in WebWatcher, an ID tracking service.

  • Consider freezing your credit and changing your passport number.

150 million users, many referred to the MyFitnessPal app by their family physicians to track diet and exercise, had user names, email addresses and passwords stolen.

  • Change your MyFitnessPal password.

  • Do not use your Facebook account to log into MyFitnessPal and other unrelated apps and websites. (Access your Facebook settings and disconnect those links.)

  • Be wary of emails containing links or attachments that claim to be from MyFitnessPal.

Quora, the app and email where users post questions and answers to political and personal subjects, disclosed that 100 million accounts were compromised, exposing users’ names, email addresses, their account history and in some cases, passwords. 

  • Change your Quora password and other accounts where you use the same password.

  • Be wary of emails containing links or attachments that claim to be from Quora.

  • Remember that you can access Quora without creating an account.

Because of a flaw in the way Facebook worked, hackers could view personal information for 50 million users even if their accounts were set to “private.”

  • Change your Facebook password.

  • Review your Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram privacy settings. (All three are owned by Facebook.)

  • Be wary about personal information you post to your Facebook feed.

Information on 26 million accounts that use TicketFly to buy and sell tickets to live events was stolen, including names, usernames, phone numbers and billing addresses.

  • Change your TicketFly password on every website where you use the same password.

  • Be wary of emails containing links or attachments that claim to be from TicketFly.

Personal data for 12 million USPS “Informed Delivery” customers was stolen including user names, passwords and access to images of mail about to be delivered.

  • If you use USPS “Informed Delivery,” change your password.

  • If you do not use the service, some experts recommend signing up for the service so a fraudster can’t claim your account, pretending to be you.

  • Create fake answers to the four personal questions required to complete the account set up. 

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Protect Yourself On the Job and At Home

The most important rules of online safety:

1: Select a username that's hard to guess.

2: Create a long password.

3: Never reuse that password on another site.

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download and print the PDF.

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See how fraudsters get your personal information

by sending you a fake holiday package delivery notice. 

Can you spot the clues that this email is from a crook?


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The IT security team at CSG is committed to keeping you and your family safe online, at work and at home.


We're sending you this cyber security e-newsletter as a resource to keep you informed and alert about cyber security threats that are growing in number and complexity.

Doran Stienike

Chief Information Security Officer


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