Category: Hawaii News

Shakacon 2018 Highlights

The Shakacon X IT Security Conference was held at the Prince Waikiki on July 11-12, 2018. Stealth Mango & Tangelo: Selling your fruits to state actors Andrew Blaich and Michael Flossman, Lookout Blaich and Flossman trace the path of spouseware that is being adapted, sold, and used by nation state actors. Spouseware is surveillance software […]

Global Weekly Executive Summary, 13 April 2018

State of Hawaii Targeted in Iranian Data Theft The U.S. Department of Justice’s recent indictment of nine Iranians accused of conducting cyberattacks contained a list of targeted organizations that included the State of Hawaii. This announcement coincided with “unusual activity” noted in dozens of State of Hawaii email accounts. On March 23rd, the U.S. Department […]

of Hawaii Data Breach

TheUniversity of Hawaii system suffered a data breach as the result of a spear phishing campaign that exposed personal information of up to 2,400 faculty, staff, students, and student applicants. The breach occurred on 25 SEPT 2017, and a description of compromised information was later revealed in October 2017. The compromised personal data included faculty […]

Trouble in Paradise: Hawaii Emergency Mismanagement

On Saturday January 13, 2018, people in the Hawaiian islands found themselves in the midst of a large-scale panic when an emergency alert for a ballistic missile attack was broadcasted statewide.  An official all clear message was issued 38 minutes later to both residents and visitors of the islands.  However, not long after the collective […]

Hawaii’s False Missile Alert Headlines

Headlines and Links related to Hawaii’s False Missile Alert CNET, Hawaii missile alert on smartphones was false alarm Reuters, Tears and panic as false missile alert unnerves Hawaii The Atlantic, Pandemonium and Rage in Hawaii Washington Post, ‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,’ the alert screamed. It was a false alarm. New York Times, Hawaii […]

Hawaii Locations Included in Hyatt Hotels Breach

Hyatt Hotels announced that they had been hit with their second payment card breach in as many years. According the a message from Hyatt’s Global President of Operations, this breach involved “unauthorized access to payment card information from cards manually entered or swiped at the front desk of certain Hyatt-managed locations” this spring and summer. […]

Postcard from Shakacon 2017

350 Cybersecurity workers, administrators, students, and enthusiasts met at the Prince Waikiki Hotel on July 12-13, 2017 for Shakacon IX. Shakacon is billed as Hawaii’s only Call for Paper based IT security conference. Highlights: Destructive Malware– When Money isn’t a Motive, a talk on Shamoon and Shamoon2 by Mandiant reseacher Muks Hirani. Pwned in Translation: From […]

Trump Waikiki Hotel Data Breach

The credit card information of some Trump Waikiki Hotel customers was exposed after a breach of hospitality reservations booking service Sabre SynXis Central Reservations. Sabre is used by Trump International, Four Seasons, Hard Rock, Loews, and is used to manage bookings at thousands of other hotel sites. The breach affected customers staying in Trump Hotels […]

Major Hawaii organizations appear unharmed by WannaCry Ransomware

“Local health care and financial institutions appear to have been left unscathed by the massive ransomware cyberattack that struck hospitals, companies and government agencies Friday.” Source: Isle hospitals, banks on guard, so far unscathed by ransomware cyberattack, Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Two Hawaii Data Breaches Affecting the Tourist Industry Announced on the Same Day

Two Hawaii Data Breaches Affecting the Tourist Industry Announced on the Same Day Both Roberts Hawaii and Turtle Bay Resort notified their customers of “payment card incidents” involving the theft of credit card information on February 24, 2017. Roberts Hawaii, a popular, well-established local tour company On Feb 24, 2017, Roberts Hawaii notified customers that […]