Monthly Archives: December 2015

24 December 2015…not terrorism, but a common attack issue: Hyatt is hacked!

On 24 December, the BBC reported that Hyatt discovered malware on its payment processing system, which impacts 318 of its 627 properties. The former properties Hyatt manages directly. Franchisers manage the others. Chuck Floyd, President of Global Operations at Hyatt, said the company had repaired the problem and was urging customers to monitor their financial statements for fraud and the like. The company was tightlipped about any potential damage done, but it did say that it had hired outside consultants to strengthen its cyber security, reportedly, FireEye and its Mandiant unit. Reuters says that Hyatt discovered the attack on 30 November, and that it was the fourth major hotel chain to have been hit by cyber attack since October this year. The other victims include Hilton, Starwood, and the Trump Hotel Collection. Hyatt set up a website for customers explaining the attack and mitigation options: A … Continue reading

12 December 2015, Lagos, Nigeria police warn of possible terror attacks on hotels

Following a U.S. State Department terror attack warning for Nigeria, State Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni held a meeting with high-end hotel owners/managers in Lagos informing them of the warning, and then urged them to increase security, so reports Nigeria’s The Guardian. For its part, the Lagos police have arrested some 200 criminals that may or may not be associated with the threat warning, they are conducting additional raids on suspect personnel, and they are keeping streets free of traffic jams and “street traders,” presumably to blunt terrorist placement of IEDs and to keep transportation lines open in the event of emergency. A few days before on 9 December, This Day Live says that Mr. Oluseye Oladejo, the Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, held a Lagos-based meeting announcing major security initiatives in light of the approaching Christmas holiday season, and recent terror warnings, and recent terror attacks in … Continue reading