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Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) fined SG $ 74,000 ($ 54,456) on travel company Commeasure, which operates a travel booking website named RedDoorz which exposed 5.9 million customer data – the largest data breach handled by the Commission since its inception. .

The PDPC announced the sanction for “failing to put in place reasonable security arrangements to prevent unauthorized access and exfiltration of customer personal data hosted in a cloud database.”

RedDoorz started life in Indonesia before moving its operations to Singapore, from where it consolidates budget hotel reservations in select cities in Southeast Asia. A user selects a cheap hotel on RedDoorz based on photos, area and price, without always knowing the name or actual location of the hotel. When the traveler arrives, the hotel room experience is rebranded as RedDoorz and comes with certain guaranteed amenities, like Wi-Fi, TV, and potable water.

Commeasure learned that there had been a data breach from its RedDoorz customers in September 2020, when an Atlanta-based cybersecurity company notified the parent company of a hack and offered repair services. Within a week, the travel tech company notified the PDPC.

The stolen data included names, phone numbers, email addresses, birthdays, encrypted RedDoorz account passwords and booking information. According to the decision of the PDPC, [PDF] the database did not include credit card numbers. The loot was listed for sale on a hacker forum.

The misstep that stole the data dates back to the days when the company was started, when an AWS passkey was embedded in an Android app package (APK) that was publicly available for download from the Google Play Store. The APK, created in 2015 and last updated in January 2018, was wrongly marked as a “test” key by developers at the time. It remained visible although it was considered “old” until the company was made aware of the violation in 2020.

With the AWS passkey in hand, criminals could access and exfiltrate customer records hosted in an Amazon RDS cloud database. RedDoorz attempted to protect the data – for example by hiring cybersecurity companies and using the Java Proguard obfuscation tool to prevent APK reverse engineering – but to no avail because the affected file was never rated. .

RedDoorz Founder and CEO Amit Samberwal said The register:

Commeasure told PDPC that the failure to implement processes robust enough to manage its inventory of infrastructure access keys was due to high staff turnover. It did not go well with the Commission. However, the regulator said it had taken into account the company’s cooperative behavior, corrective actions, ineffective but regular safety reviews and the unfortunate circumstances of being a hotel company in the midst of a crisis. pandemic, when it has decided on the financial sanction.

The Commission gave Commeasure 30 days to pay before interest started accruing. ®

SINGAPORE – Personal data of nearly 5.9 million Singaporean and Southeast Asian customers of hotel booking site RedDoorz has been disclosed, in what the government has called Singapore’s biggest data breach .

The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) fined local company Commeasure, which operates the website, $ 74,000.

That’s far less than the combined fine of $ 1 million imposed on SingHealth and Integrated Health Information Systems for the 2018 data breach that affected 1.5 million people.

The commission said it had taken into account the difficulties in the hotel sector caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In deciding on the amount of the financial penalty to be imposed, we also considered that the organization, which operates in the hotel sector, had been seriously affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said the PDPC in a judgment rendered last Thursday (November 11).

“This is the largest data breach since the entry into force of the Personal Data Protection Act.”

RedDoorz said last year that most of the compromised data came from the booking platform’s largest market, Indonesia. The company’s clients are all from Southeast Asia.

It is understood that approximately 9,000 of those affected are from Singapore.

The maximum fine for a data breach is currently $ 1 million under the law, which came into effect in 2013.

But companies can soon face higher fines – up to 10% of their annual turnover in Singapore or $ 1 million, whichever is greater. The higher fine is expected to take effect at least 12 months from February 1 of this year.

Data affected in the Commeasure incident included customer name, phone number, email address, date of birth, encrypted password for their RedDoorz account, and booking information.

Because customer passwords are encrypted, hackers won’t be able to use them unless they find a way to crack the passwords. This reduces the likelihood that crooks can use the passwords to hack victims’ RedDoorz accounts.

Hackers did not access or download customers’ hidden credit card numbers.

However, with the other personal information breached, cybercriminals might be able to impersonate the victims and try to take over other online accounts that use similar information, based on what experts say. in cybersecurity have said in other incidents.

It also means that victims could be targeted by more spam messages and phishing attempts.

The stolen data was put up for sale on a hacker forum before it was deleted, the Business Times reported last year.

Commeasure discovered the breach on September 19 last year, after a U.S. cybersecurity firm alerted the company.

PDPC was notified on September 25.

The hackers had likely accessed the company’s database hosted on an Amazon cloud database after obtaining an Amazon Web Services access key.

This key was incorporated into an Android Application Package (APK) created by Commeasure in 2015 and publicly available for download from the Google Play Store.

The package is used by Google’s Android operating system to distribute and install mobile applications. The APK in question here is for installing the RedDoorz application.

Commeasure’s decision to include the access key in the APK goes against Amazon Web Service’s advice not to embed the access keys directly into the code.

Commeasure also incorrectly labeled the access key in the APK as “test key”. The APK was also ultimately considered “old” by society. Even so, it could still be downloaded from Google Play and was not deleted until after the data breach was discovered.

Since the APK was considered obsolete, it was left out when Commeasure hired a cybersecurity company to perform a security review and testing from September to December 2019.

A security tool that could have prevented hackers from obtaining the access key was also not used on the APK as it was considered missing.

All of the developers, except one of the organization’s co-founders and the CTO, have since left the company.

PDPC said that if the company had reviewed this APK or the access key, the data breach could have been prevented.

“The organization’s failure to include the affected APK and access key as part of the security review is due to the organization’s failure to include them in its inventory of production IT assets.” , said the commission.

PDPC added that it was not convinced that the computer security reviews carried out by Commeasure were sufficiently rigorous and in line with legal standards.

In arriving at the fine of $ 74,000, the commission said it also took into account factors such as the actions taken by Commeasure to remedy the incident. These only included allowing whitelisted Internet Protocol addresses to access its live databases and setting up two-factor authentication for all tools and accounts used by developers.

PDPC also said that although the company performed periodic security reviews, these efforts were unsuccessful as the affected APK was not included.

Commeasure informed affected customers on September 26 of last year of the breach and advised them to change their RedDoorz account passwords as a precautionary measure and to avoid using the same passwords on other online platforms.

The world’s largest hotel reservation site, Booking.com, was violated by an American acting on behalf of U.S. intelligence in 2016, who stole details of thousands of Middle East reservations, but the site kept silence, a new book written by three Dutch journalists claims.

The book, Machine [The Machine], which released on Thursday, took a look at the fortune of Booking.com, which turns 25 this year.

Former NSA hacker Jake Williams likened the breach to that at the personnel management office [OPM] in the United States in 2015, which compromised U.S. government employees.

“OPM: Compromised US government employees (and candidates?), Major criminal event, charges against Chinese government hackers,” he said in a tweet.




“Reservation[.]com: Anyone using the potentially compromising site, attributed to the United States, must be a “legitimate target”, uninformed victims. ”

The breach was discovered by accident, an unauthorized person gaining access to a server that was not properly secured.

The information stolen included the names of clients from the Middle East and their travel itineraries, including people from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

The Dutch national newspaper NRC, which employs the three scribes, noted the Dutch intelligence service AIVD was informed of the break-in, but neither the persons concerned nor the Dutch data protection authority were informed.

The website told NRC it was not legally obligated to report the violation. Booking.com’s own tech workers were not happy to remain silent about the break-in, the report said. Dutch law at the time specified that those who were harmed had to be notified.

In 2013, Americans reportedly spied on hotel websites to find out about the movements of foreign diplomats in order to wiretap them. Documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden showed Britain’s GCHQ had a special program for the activity called the Royal Concierge.

NRC quoted a former Booking.com employee as saying that it would have been unthinkable that Booking was not included in this program.

With the help of US investigators, the person who carried out the hack was identified and named as Andrew who worked for one of the US intelligence services.

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CINCINNATI (CINCINNATI INQUIRER) – A developer has won a $ 5 million judgment against the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority for its role in the redevelopment of the former Millennium Downtown hotel site.

Rob Smyjunas was granted summary judgment for costs related to the project by Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Tom Heekin, the port confirmed Thursday. to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“We defend the merits of our case and do not agree with the court’s decision. We are reviewing our options for moving forward, so it would be inappropriate to comment further, “The Port spokesperson Tom Milliken said in a statement.

The question was whether Smyjunas, who could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday morning, deserved further compensation for the acquisition of the rights to purchase the Millennium.

Smyjunas, CEO of Oakley-based Vandercar Holdings, secured a purchase contract for the hotel in late 2019 from Singaporean billionaire Kwek Leng Ben.

He then made a deal with The Port to transfer his purchasing rights to the public finance agency in exchange for redevelopment fees.

Smyjunas received fees of $ 2.5 million from the port after the closing of the $ 36 million purchase of the property at 150 W. Fifth St. on February 14, 2020.

But the port also agreed to pay him an additional $ 5 million in fees if he issues redevelopment bonds for the property within a year of the building’s closure.

Shortly after closing, The Port approved nearly $ 59 million in bonds to acquire and demolish the hotel.

Smyjunas argued that the ongoing demolition of the hotel, which closed on New Year’s Day, is part of the redevelopment of the site – although the port does not have concrete plans for further development there. low.

Smyjunas previously told The Enquirer that the bonds issued to finance the demolition should have triggered the immediate payment of the $ 5 million fee.

He sued The Port for breach of contract and bad faith negotiation.

A recent review by Enquirer of affidavits and other documents found that political pressure and behind-the-scenes fighting influenced the Millennium Accord.

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Hotel booking site Rocketmiles has cut back its lucrative 5,000-mile “first-book” bonus. All you need to do is make your reservation before December 31, 2021 via this link.

Who is Rocketmiles?

Rocketmiles is an online travel agency – part of the Priceline / Booking.com conglomerate – specializing in hotel reservations. To encourage members to book through Rocketmiles, it pays members with miles from the member’s chosen loyalty program.

There are, however, two major drawbacks:

  1. You are not doing a “direct booking” – so you will not receive elite points, perks / credit, etc. if you book a hotel with a large chain
  2. Rocketmiles is rarely the cheapest website – since they ultimately have to pay for the miles they give you – so you have to be extra careful to make sure that the value of the miles received is greater than the extra you pay. for the bedroom.

What is the offer?

If you are a “new” Rocketmiles member, you can earn 5,000 additional miles on top of the 500+ you would already earn.

However, the offer lacks details. Depending on your choice of:

  • Loyalty program
  • city
  • Appointment
  • total cost of hotel stay

You might see different mileage amounts offered as compensation. These may or may not include the 5,000 bonus.

How to qualify

If you’ve really never used Rocketmiles before, you should have no problem qualifying for this bonus. However, Rocketmiles has been around for several years and these kinds of offers were previously more regularly available. This means that many InsideFlyer readers will have taken advantage of it already, but have long forgotten the details. If you want to re-register, you must make sure to use:

  1. A credit card number Rocketmiles has never seen before
  2. An email address you haven’t used with Rocketmiles
  3. A loyalty program you’ve never used with Rocketmiles (probably the hardest part because unlike credit cards your ffp account numbers tend to stay the same)

At the end of the line

Because it’s generally more expensive than other methods of booking hotel stays (and the miles earned rarely outweigh the additional cost), Rocketmiles work best for those who spend other people’s money (with oversight). limited) or who have a tax angle to take advantage of. For everyone, the only time to pay attention to the Rocketmiles is when these lucrative offers arrive. But you need to be organized enough to avoid being flagged as a repeat customer, even if your last Rocketmiles stay was years ago …

WORK is now underway on a new apart-hotel inside Bar Walls in York.

The buildings at 105-111 Micklegate were demolished to make way for a new city center aparthotel, replacing the Jinnah Spice Club restaurant and car rental company Minster Self Drive, with the rest of the retail units having been out of use.

Supercity Aparthotels got the spot after making a deal with York-based developer North Star.

It is designed by the architects of York, Vincent and Brown.

Mark Andrews of Vincent and Brown said: “The design continues the approach of creating a ‘medieval modern’ building that is respectful and sympathetic to the surrounding context.

“The design concept was influenced by the medieval half-timbered buildings that once lined the street, echoing the shapes of these traditional buildings through the use of gables and double-pitched roofs while using materials that reference to buildings on either side, including masonry, plaster and fins and exposed wood panels. ”

The hotel will have 62 rooms and create 45 new jobs, with a restaurant and bar on the ground floor.

The site is bounded by the Grade I listed city walls and Micklegate Bar, Dewsbury Court and The Priory Pub.

The planning request indicated that, according to recent tourism figures compiled by holiday market companies, York was the second most visited city in the UK in 2018 and its population is growing.

Supercity has six apartment hotels across the UK, in London, Manchester and Brighton.

Each location has high-speed Wi-Fi and Bluetooth audio systems as well as Nespresso coffee machines.

The hotel is expected to be finished by 2023.

In recent years, Indian lifestyles have changed. People travel frequently as local businesses expand to global businesses and travel time has decreased with better road connectivity, more national airports and fast trains.

As a result, the need for temporary accommodation or hotels for a short stay has also increased significantly.

Today, technology and the Internet have made it possible for consumers to be more aware of their spending and to do a lot of research and comparison when booking hotels. As digital technology advances, an emerging pioneer company, Bag2Bag, has innovated to provide the best hotel reservation experience for consumers. It offers travelers an effortless alternative to traditional hotel reservation systems.

Bag2Bag offers consumers the option of renting hotel rooms on a pay-as-you-go basis. With the mobile app and for iOS and Android, consumers can book their choice of hotels with just a few clicks, making it easy to find deals quickly. Consumers have the option of paying only for hours spent in a hotel and can save up to 80% off the actual hotel price for a day.

Additional revenues for the hospitality industry

The innovative model managed by Bag2Bag has led to an increase in this segment of the hospitality industry. This type of hotel service is beneficial to both consumers and owners; it allows unused inventory to be used during periods when parts are empty. Overall, this increases the RevPAR (revenue per available room). During the unprecedented period of COVID-19, the average hotel occupancy rate declined by around 25-30%. Bag2Bag has been useful to hotels as a pay-as-you-go model that adds to hotel revenue for the budget of upscale hotels.

Bag2Bag Founder Alok Mishra reveals the company has grown 15 times over the past year despite COVID-19 related situations and Bag2Bag has expanded its services to more than 60 cities across India as far as ‘in September 2021.

“In a developing country like India, it is important that we think about innovative ways to provide a solution and service that is both user-friendly and cost-effective. We have many hotel infrastructures that are not organized or operate at very low occupancy rates. . It is high time that our society looked at these hotel infrastructures as a user-friendly option instead of costly options. The a la carte hotel service would offer exactly the same. With the affordable hourly pay model, people’s willingness to stay in a hotel room would increase and this would be an ideal system for the hospitality industry, ”says Alok.

The current hotel reservation ecosystem in India is adapted to the old ways and there are many challenges in convincing people to use the Pay-per-use hotel model. Startups like Bag2Bag have taken up the challenge of bringing innovation to the ecosystem, so that more and more hotels can be made available to consumers in a transparent manner.

The greatest joy is in customer satisfaction

Speaking of the Bag2Bag building journey, he said: “The greatest joy of Bag2Bag is in customer satisfaction and when we get calls from a proud son whose father has stayed in a hotel instead of waiting in a hotel. bus / train station, that’s when we feel proud and with a sense of contribution. “

“Bag2Bag is on a mission to change the way hotels and hotel reservations are experienced. He takes small steps every day to offer a real user-friendly experience to his customers. come and participate with Bag2Bag in creating this environment of customer will, ”added Mr. Alok Mishra.

Bag2Bag Travel

Registered in 2019, Bag2Bag is now one of the leading slot machine based online hotel providers in India. The company’s commitment to providing maximum flexibility and the best customer experience throughout the journey, from hotel reservation to hotel departure, sets it apart from its competitors. In no time, Bag2Bag has expanded to over 2000 real estate partners and is looking forward to new partners every day. They are currently leading operations from Bangalore, Karnataka. The total staff is around 10. There are 3 founding partners in the company named Alok Mishra, Anurag Tiwari and Gaurav Garg who come from technological backgrounds.

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The Vicar Street Hotel site in the Liberties district of Dublin was put on the market with a guide price of over 12 million euros.

Harry Crosbie, owner of the Vicar Street concert hall, obtained full building permission for an eight-story, 185-room hotel on the site in 2019 despite considerable local opposition.

Construction of the hotel was to begin shortly after the development was given the green light, with a view to being completed the following year. However, this has been delayed, in large part because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The hotel, which will include a rooftop bar and restaurant with outdoor terrace, will be located on a site in one of Dublin’s most historic areas and close to the city center and the Guinness St district development project. James.

“The Vicar Street Hotel site is an exclusive opportunity for the parties to develop a boutique / lifestyle hotel in one of Dublin’s most vibrant and developing areas,” said Alexandra Sheeran, senior analyst at CBRE.

“There is a strong demand for the Dublin City Center hotel development opportunities that have been offered for sale recently and we continue to see strong pent-up demand from international parties looking to invest,” he said. she adds.

Although the development met with opposition, it had its supporters, including Fáilte Ireland, who made a submission to Dublin City Council in support of the request.

Last year Mr Crosbie announced plans for a new Vicar Street South concert hall in Gorey, County Wexford.

The developer started his career in transportation, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. But he is best known now as a venue owner, having founded the Point Depot (now known as 3 Arena), Vicar Street in Dublin, the Bord Gáis Theater and the Convention Center Dublin.

Construction of the entertainment pavilion is expected to begin within the next 6 months at the former Majestic Hotel site in Hot Springs.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark – Development plans are underway for the Majestic Hotel site in Hot Springs to become an entertainment pavilion.

Rick Wilson is the President and CEO of RA Wilson Enterprises and Affiliates, a commercial real estate developer across the United States.

They have served companies like Fortune 500, but coming back to Hot Springs for this project is special for Wilson.

“It will be available for many theatrical opportunities throughout the year. We will be providing this entertainment opportunity not only to the top 50 artists they bring, but to local bands,” Wilson said.

The Arkansas native remembers being a boy in the ’60s and his mother would often take him to downtown Hot Springs, where the Majestic lived up to its name.

The Majestic reigned as one of the crown jewels of Hot Springs hotels before being abandoned and run down in the 1980s. The infamous 2014 fire that burned it down sparked renewal efforts across the board. downtown, but demolition and site clean-up took years.

The city ultimately purchased this real estate area to determine the best possible use.

Since then, there have been a lot of developer pitches with nothing concrete for the site. Wilson offered the city $ 2.1 million for the property.

Civil engineers have already started work on the project. They will plan to lay the foundation for the new site within the next 6 months. There’s a 90-day extension given to the company after the one Wilson thinks he can take advantage of.

He estimates the property will close in late April or early May 2022.

“We anticipate that the construction activity will take anywhere from nine to 11 months. So that brings us to complete this project approximately from January to February of [2023], ‘”Wilson said.

He says the first event is already slated for Spring Break 2023.

The venue will be a tribute to the past and Wilson said he was excited about the impact it will have on Hot Springs’ future.

“This project is ours. This will be a wonderful redevelopment project for downtown Hot Springs, ”Wilson said.