Starwood Hotels – parent of Sheraton, Westin – says payment systems infected with malware

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has revealed that point-of-sale payment systems at some of its locations in North America were infiltrated with malware designed to collect payment card information. Read more…

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FCC Warns Hotels About Intentionally Blocking Wi-Fi Hotspots [iOS Blog]

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday issued a public enforcement advisory that warns hotel chains and other commercial establishments about intentionally blocking or interfering with Wi-Fi hotspots. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau claims that interfering with Wi-Fi hotspots is illegal and that it will take appropriate action against violators by imposing substantial fines.

The warning follows an FCC investigation in which the government agency discovered a so-called „disturbing trend“ where hotels and other commercial establishments were purposefully blocking wireless customers from connecting to their Wi-Fi hotspots. Marriott Hotels was found to have „deployed a Wi-Fi deauthentication protocol“ to block customers from accessing Wi-Fi and agreed to pay a $600,000 fine.

iPhone users have long resorted to Personal Hotspot to turn their cellular data connection into a Wi-Fi network for the purpose of tethering a Mac or other connected device. Apple made Personal Hotspot more convenient in iOS 8 with Instant Hotspot, a new feature that automatically detects when an iPhone is within close range of an iPad or Mac and displays the device in the list of available Wi-Fi networks.




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