Monthly Archives: July 2016

14 July 2016, Tijuana, Mexico

On 14 July at 7:30 pm,* (*Mexico-based new outlets say pm, the San Diego Union-Tribune says am) in Tijuana, Mexico, a gunman walked into the lobby of the Marriott Hotel and shot dead one Jorge Kalb Zarmaei, 37, an American, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Zarmaei’s 71-year old father was also wounded in the attack. Jorge Astiazarán, mayor of Tijuana, told the press that the gunman specifically targeted these two people, and that it was an isolated incident. Baja’s Deputy Attorney General for Special Investigations, José María González, said the attack had nothing to do with cartel activity, and that it was specifically related to a business dispute. El Viga, a Tijuana news outlet, says the victims were Miami, Florida-based hotel investors. They have also been referred to as tobacco investors and persons negotiating with the Mexican government to provide some type of … Continue reading

12 July 2016, Yet another major hotel hack, this one on Omni

Teri Robinson, Executive Editor of SC Magazine, penned an article on 12 July 2016 titled, “Malware on Omni Hotel POS systems scarfed payment card info.” It describes a point of sale (POS) hack of Omni Hotel and Resort’s Internet system. In the piece, Robinson quoted Omni as saying: “The malware was designed to collect certain payment card information, including cardholder name, credit/debit card number, security code and expiration date,” the Dallas-based company said, explaining that the investigation found no evidence that its reservation or Select Guest membership systems had been compromised. “There is no evidence that other customer information, such as contact information, Social Security numbers or PINs, were affected by this issue.” Omni has a website dedicated to hacking mitigation for its patrons here. Robinson wrote, “Customers that did not physically present a payment card at a POS system at an affected Omni location … Continue reading

12 July 2016, Jazeera Palace Hotel manager talks terrorism

In a one-on-one interview, The Standard newspaper in Kenya talks to Justus Kisaulu, manager of the Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, about his views of operating a hotel in war torn Somalia and the impact of terrorism. He sees operating the hotel not just as a business enterprise, but part of stabilizing and modernizing Somalia, a nation he loves. Said Kisaulu, “I felt that this was an important part of history of Somalia that I could not miss. I wanted to be part of that reconstruction.” Read the full and telling article here: “Terror attacks did not kill Jazeera Palace Hotel manager’s spirit,” The Standard, 12 July 2016. Copyright © Muir Analytics 2016