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FCC Warns Businesses WiFi Blocking is Illegal

In the wake of a recent enforcement action against Marriott for blocking guests’ WiFi hotspots in their hotels, the FCC is warning other hotel operators and business owners that such blocking is illegal and the commission’s Enforcement Bureau is taking note. Marriott last year paid a fine of $600,000 to settle an FCC enforcement action[…]

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Google Engineer Explains Company’s Decision Not to Patch Bug in Older Android Versions

Google has taken quite a bit of heat in recent weeks for its decision not to patch a vulnerability in the WebView component of Android in older versions, leaving hundreds of millions of users exposed to potential attacks. Now, a Google engineer is explaining the company’s reasoning, saying that patching older versions of the OS[…]

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Marriott Fixes Simple Bug in Web Service That Could Expose Customer Data

Customer payment information and other data was made vulnerable by a flaw in the Marriott Web service used by the Android app as well as the Web site, a security researcher found. The vulnerability is the result of Marriott’s system failing to use any kind of authentication on requests, meaning that an attacker who knew[…]

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Marriott Agrees to Stop Blocking Guest WiFi Devices

Marriott, which last year paid a $600,000 fine for blocking customers’ WiFi devices in its hotels, has said that it no longer will prevent guests from using personal hotspots or similar devices. The situation resulted from a complaint by a guest who stayed at Marriott’s Gaylord Opryland hotel in 2013 and found that he couldn’t[…]

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