This month’s roundup of news from the technology sector includes news about California’s new data privacy law; hotel websites under attack by hackers; and more.
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California passes new personal data privacy bill
California’s state legislature passed and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that places tough restrictions on the tech industry, “potentially establishing a privacy template for the rest of the nation,” The Wall Street Journal reports. The law broadens what is considered to be personal information and allows Californians to prohibit the sale of their personal information to third parties and choose to not share it at all.
The law goes into effect in 2020, allowing time for companies that collect data about their customers to prepare, the newspaper reports. The law only affects Californians, but tech companies are expected to change their policies to comply with the new law.
Travel websites continue to defend against bot attacks
New research shows that hotel websites and travel sites in general are under constant attack by hackers using stolen or leaked account information to access travelers’ accounts, ZD Net reports. Hackers are using botnets to attack “at industrial scale.”
The research by Akamai analyzed almost 112 billion bot requests and 3.9 billion malicious login attempts, according to the article. Almost 40% of the traffic on websites observed in the research originated from “impersonators of known browsers,” a “known vector for fraud.”
In looking at the geographic origins of the malicious login attempts, the researchers found 650 million attacks came from Russia and 625 million came from China between November 2017 and March 2018, according to the article.
Old New York hotel to turn into tech hub
The Biltmore Hotel in Manhattan will become a “tech incubator,” and the CEO of the company behind these plans hopes the hotel will become “a kind of Silicon Valley in the center of New York,” Bloomberg reports. The idea is the brain child of the building’s landlord, Milstein Properties, and Grand Central Tech, which works with tech startups.
Though it’s yet to be seen which tech and media companies will set up shop in the old hotel, others have found their homes in older buildings south of Midtown and in Brooklyn, the article reports. Milstein is investing more than $100 million in the renovation to make it happen.
Compiled by Bryan Wroten.