World Briefs: Hilton probing alleged hacking at hotels

Hilton probing alleged hacking at hotels

WASHINGTON • Hilton Worldwide Holdings on Saturday said it was investigating claims that hackers compromised the registers in gift shops and restaurants at a large number of Hilton Hotel and franchise properties across the US.

Cyber security blogger Brian Krebs said in a post on Friday that Visa Inc sent confidential alerts to financial organisations warning of a breach at a business between April 21 and July 27. The cards had been used at the McLean, Virginia-based company's flagship Hilton locations as well as Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Hampton Inn and Suites, and the upscale Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts, he added.


Missing students in Mexico remembered at big march

MEXICO CITY • Thousands of people marched in Mexico City on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students in a case involving corrupt police that has haunted President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The students, from the Ayotzinapa teachers college in rural Guerrero, travelled to the city of Iguala on Sept 26 last year, to commandeer buses to join a commemoration in Mexico City.

Prosecutors said local police shot at their buses, killing three students and three bystanders, and delivered the young men to a drug gang, which killed them and incinerated their bodies after confusing them with rivals.


Canada revokes bomb plotter's citizenship

OTTAWA • The Canadian government has used a controversial new law to revoke the citizenship of one of the organisers of a failed 2006 Toronto bomb plot.

The man, Zakaria Amara, had received a letter, telling him about the decision, at the prison where he is serving a life term, the National Post, a Toronto news-paper, reported on Saturday.

Amara, a gas station attendant who was born in Jordan, was part of a group that had planned to make three bombs that would have been set off at two sites in downtown Toronto as well as at a Royal Canadian Air Force base east of the city.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2015, with the headline 'World Briefs: Hilton probing alleged hacking at hotels'. Print Edition | Subscribe