Ubergizmo: Hyatt Hotels Launches Its Own Bug Bounty Program. “It’s common for tech companies to have a bug bounty program. That allows them to tap into the incredible talents of whitehat hackers who disclose vulnerabilities in their systems in exchange for a reward. Hyatt Hotels isn’t a tech company, it’s a major hospitality chain. However, in light of the recent card-skimming attacks against its properties, the hotel chain has launched its own bug bounty program.” Considering how many hotels and hospitality businesses get hacked, I think this is a great idea.
BusinessWire: Hagens Berman Files Class-Action Lawsuit Against Six Major Hotel Chains for Antitrust Scheme (PRESS RELEASE). “The lawsuit states that each hotel defendant agreed to refrain from using certain online advertising methods to compete for consumers. The agreement prevents competitors from bidding for online advertising that uses competitors’ brand names. For example, Hilton Hotel declined to bid on keywords that would allow its ads to appear in response to internet searches for Hyatt. This makes it more difficult for consumers to get information about competing hotels, and to compare and contrast competitive information, such as price and quality, between the two hotels.”
And in TODAY’S episode of “Hotels reporting hacking/malware incidents,” it’s Hyatt. From a press release yesterday: “Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that it recently identified malware on computers that operate the payment processing systems for Hyatt-managed locations. As soon as Hyatt discovered the activity, the company launched an investigation and engaged leading third-party cyber security experts.”