News and notes from around the interweb:
- Will Southwest Airlines Lose That Lovin’ Feelin’? Texas Monthly, I argue no.
- Marriott’s data breach fine reduced by 80%
Between April 2015 and May 2016, the attackers quietly created database dumps “with a view to exfiltrating all the data contained” at once, as the ICO summarised it. They finally tripped an alarm in September 2018, four years after first entry, after running a count on a table named “Guest_Master_profile” containing card data, which flagged up on the IBM Guardium product that was deployed to highlight up any suspicious database operations.
Accenture, which was monitoring Guardium, told Marriott what it had seen. The resulting probe revealed that Accenture staffers’ own credentials had been compromised in July 2018 and were being used by the attackers.
By October 2018, Marriott had also realised that a separate group of attackers had managed to deploy in-memory malware across payment terminals at eight hotels the ICO declined to identify beyond saying they were not located in the European Economic Area, therefore falling outside its regulatory remit.
- All items covered. Buffets aren’t gone in the Covid era.
- SkyWest, regional carrier for the major airlines, announced it is earning a profit. It received $438 million in payroll support from the CARES Act, and would receive even more subsidies in another payroll bailout. Why?
- Why airlines are rolling back middle seat blocking And by the way adding flights as customers buy up all the seats on a capped flight is more expensive without the federal government picking up payroll. In the long run of course airlines can’t make money selling only two thirds of their seats.
“When no one is flying, and airlines aren’t hitting the sales cap anyway, they can promote blocked middle seats easily…But as travel slowly recovers, there are more and more flights on which it costs airlines real money in lost sales.