World's Largest Data Theft - 8 Million Victims?

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Massive Data Theft to net Billions

Best Western hit by Data TheftAccording to a report by The Sunday Herald, a Scottish newspaper, the Best Western chain of hotels has been targetted by a criminal gang, who have stolen data on every guest within the last 12 months. It is estimated that aound 8 million peoples identities have been compromised in this alarming crime. Experts have predicted that the gang responsible could net £2.8billion by using the stolen data. 

An unknown Indian hacker is said to be responsible, and he is reported to have sold details on how to breach the hotel chains IT security system to the Russian Mafia. The system affected was the online booking system, and the theft has netted every online booking since 2007, with every detail used by customers, including home addresses, telephone numbers, credit card details and place of employment. 

Best Western replied to the Heralds report, confirming that a breach of security had occured, but were strongly denying that it was as serious and called the report 'sensational'. The Best Western is an international chain of hotels, with over 4000 hotels spread across 80 countries, so if the report is accurate, the fallout will be very widespread.

The full report can be found here.

You can discuss the report here in our forums.

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22-08-2008, 08:01:37

Jim
Just a shot in the dark, but the card isn't overheating at all is it? Could attribute to a drop in FPS, but I would have thought it would go from 100fps to lag-city-fps rather than what you are seeing.

22-08-2008, 08:04:57

jmartis

Just a shot in the dark, but the card isn't overheating at all is it? Could attribute to a drop in FPS, but I would have thought it would go from 100fps to lag-city-fps rather than what you are seeing.



I'm sure the card is fine, ~50C idle and max 65C load gpu temps. It has nice big two-slot Asus round sink.

22-08-2008, 08:36:05

jmartis
I made a crappy vid with the fps:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSvnPa48lbg
(note: I'm still in the game and the 3D scene does not change)

22-08-2008, 08:53:53

darkorb
that happened to me with my single core 3500+ and my 6800GT. What happened was anti virus came on, or some other windows app was taking 100% of my cpu every 5-10 seconds.

Sicne u have a dual core, that sh0ouldnt matter though..

22-08-2008, 12:55:51

jmartis
Cannot this be because of defective video card (non-functional shaders, memory chips etc.)?

22-08-2008, 13:02:05

k4p84
i think those would manifest with blue screens and artifacts.

have you checked if another app is resource hogging ?

22-08-2008, 13:09:49

jmartis

i think those would manifest with blue screens and artifacts.

have you checked if another app is resource hogging ?



When idle the CPU load is at 0% most of the time and just rarely jumps to 2%. I don't know if an app hogs resources while running the game, but otherwise there is nothing eating the CPU power.

I meant my question in a way if the card finds some defective "unit", it might "skip" it and drop a frame, while still continuing to render other frames.

I tried disabling as much processes as possible, sometimes it will run fine for several minutes, but for example minimising and maximising the game can trigger the dropouts, as well as system restart. I hate this kind of subtle errors :mad:


EDIT: I also should note that the sags do NOT happen in main-menu where there is 3D sphere being rendered on the background, but only in the main 3D environment.

22-08-2008, 13:12:42

k4p84
roll back drivers to the last known stable ones and see if that improves things

22-08-2008, 15:27:15

jmartis
I have evidence this is related to CPU throttling. I disabled an option related to CPU power savings in BIOS so the CPU core frequency stays at max all the time. I've since played a long time, tried a restart and no framerate drops anymore.
The only downside is that the CPU runs slightly hotter (43 vs. 41C) at idle.

22-08-2008, 18:46:25

k4p84
hmm, i wouldnt have expected stepping to have kicked in during gaming, in fact thats down right stupid. That would cause no end of problems.

go find an overclocking guide for your MB and turn off all these sorts of features


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