The hotel chain asked guests checking in for a treasure trove of personal information: credit cards, addresses and sometimes passport numbers. On Friday, consumers learned the risk. Marriott International revealed that hackers had breached its Starwood reservation system and had stolen the personal data of up to million guests. The assault started as far back as , and was one of the largest known thefts of personal records, second only to a breach of Yahoo that affected three billion user accounts and larger than a episode involving the credit bureau Equifax. The intrusion was a reminder that after years of headline-grabbing attacks, the computer networks of big companies are still vulnerable.
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It's fitting that the practices of some of Britain's most gossipy tabloids would become the center of one of the year's biggest scandals. The investigator then deleted messages to make room for new incoming voice mails that could presumably be mined for more stories about the tragic case. Heartbreakingly, the move gave Milly's family and friends hope that she was still alive and checking her voice mail, and it perhaps interfered with the police investigation. Milly's murderer went on to kill two more teenagers before he was caught. Not only were the public outrage and the subsequent parliamentary inquiry enough to shutter the year-old News of the World , but also the ensuing investigation revealed how widespread the despicable practice was, as some 5, people are thought to have been hacked. Politicians and police officers had a hand in, or at least some knowledge of, the story-at-all-costs mentality that led to the hacking practice.
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The Cash-for-Honours scandal also known as Cash for Peerages , Loans for Lordships , Loans for Honours or Loans for Peerages was a political scandal in the United Kingdom in and concerning the connection between political donations and the award of life peerages. A loophole in electoral law in the United Kingdom means that although anyone donating even small sums of money to a political party has to declare this as a matter of public record, those loaning money at commercial rates of interest did not have to make a public declaration. It was later revealed they had loaned large amounts of money to the governing Labour Party ,  at the suggestion of Labour fundraiser Lord Levy. Suspicion was aroused by some that the peerages were a quid pro quo for the loans. This resulted in three complaints  to the Metropolitan Police by Scottish National Party MP Angus MacNeil , Plaid Cymru parliamentary leader Elfyn Llwyd , and a third individual who continues to remain unidentified, as a breach of the law against selling honours.
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