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America’s culture wars are spreading to hotels

America’s culture wars are spreading to hotels

Finance
CHOOSING a hotel for a trip is generally seen as an apolitical decision. In contrast, restaurants and cafes have sometimes taken on an ideological tinge, with conservatives mocking liberals for their latte coffees, and liberals ribbing conservatives for their deep-fried everything and well-done steaks. But for most hotel users, location and good Wi-Fi matter more than the ideology of the owners. In some places that now appears to be changing: a trend turbocharged since the arrival of Donald Trump, an owner of an international hotel brand, in politics.Suddenly the new Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC—on the same street as the White House and Capitol building—became the most politically-charged building in the city, if not the country. Celebrity chefs scrapped their plans to open
Russian hackers accused of spying on hotels

Russian hackers accused of spying on hotels

Technology
Hackers linked to Russian military intelligence were behind a cyber-espionage campaign targeting influential figures from the West, according to a report by security researchers.Phishing emails sent to employees at high-class hotels were designed to allow the hackers to steal passwords and other information belonging to Western government and business travellers.The campaign was detected by cybersecurity firm FireEye and saw the attackers gain access to the IT systems of numerous hotels across Europe and the Middle East.Researchers believe the espionage group behind the attacks is linked to the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.The group is known colloquially as Fancy Bear, or in the more academic language of the report as Advanced Persistent Threat 28 (APT 28).Moscow denies the gro...