LATAM Airlines Brasil and Cathay Pacific Airways sign codeshare agreement

SAO PAULO - LATAM Airlines Brasil and Cathay Pacific Airways has entered into a codeshare agreement, offering passengers increased connectivity between South America and Asia. Both airlines are members of oneworld and this agreement further enhances the alliance.

Thanks to the agreement, LATAM Airlines Brasil will be able to offer a LATAM ‘JJ’ flight code on all flights operated by Cathay Pacific Airways between New York (JFK) and Hong Kong (HKG) via its sales channels.

Likewise, Cathay Pacific Airways will be able to offer a Cathay ‘CX’ flight code on all flights operated by LATAM Airlines Brasil on the following routes via its sales channels:

• Sao Paulo (GRU) – London (LHR) – Sao Paulo (GRU)

• Sao Paulo (GRU) – Paris (CDG) – Sao Paulo (GRU)

• Rio de Janeiro (GIG) – New York (JFK) – Rio de Janeiro (GIG)

• Sao Paulo (GRU) – New York (JFK) – Sao Paulo (GRU)

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Residents who use Yahoo Mail are being encouraged by the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs to take action to secure their online accounts following the announcement last month of a massive breach.

During the last two weeks of September, Yahoo announced that at least 500 million user accounts had been compromised.

An investigation by Yahoo following suspicions of an attack in July uncovered a far larger, allegedly state-sponsored attack in recent weeks, according to the Associated Press.

“We take these types of breaches very seriously and will determine how this occurred and who is responsible,” the FBI said in a statement last week.

Given the importance most people place on protecting personal information, the Department of Consumer Affairs is encouraging Yahoo Mail users to take action by following several tips, said Megan Stockhausen, communications coordinator with the agency.

• Change the account password and security questions immediately. Use strong, creative passwords (uppercase, lowercase and special characters) and don’t share them with anyone. Also, don’t use the same passwords or security questions for multiple accounts, especially when using an email address as the login name on a site.

• Watch out for phishing attempts, which is defined by asking for personal or sensitive information via a phone call, text or email is a tactic used by scammers. Never reply to texts, pop-ups, or emails that ask for verification of personal information. Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails or texts.

• Closely monitor financial and benefits statements/accounts. Check all monthly statements and account activity, especially for financial accounts saved as payment options on internet merchant sites.

Review them carefully and notify the financial institution/provider as soon as an unauthorized or suspicious item is spotted.

• Consider a fraud alert and security freeze. Scammers may use the stolen information to open new accounts.

A fraud alert and security freeze are free security measures for a credit report. A fraud alert tells a business accessing the report to take extra steps to verify that the person holding the account is the one seeking its goods/services.

When a security freeze is in place, no one can access the report without the account holder approving it.

Stockhausen said these tips can help anyone trying to secure any personal online information.



It was a slow start to winter, but the cold weather has finally arrived with a vengeance. So watch out: That means dry and itchy skin is on its way, brought on by challenging conditions outdoors and in the home.

“The humidity drops as it gets colder, which takes a toll on your skin,” explains Katy Burris, MD, a dermatologist with Northwell Health Physician Partners (formerly North Shore-LIJ Medical Group). “On top of that, artificial heat in our homes also tends to be drying, as well. When skin gets dry, it gets tiny micro-cracks and fissures -- which can become itchy due to inflammation.”

But changing up your daily skincare routine, even just slightly, can help protect you against winter dryness. Follow these three steps all season long to help your outer layer stay soft, smooth and free from itching and irritation.

1. Keep your showers short.

Bathing can strip away skin’s natural oils, so it’s important not to overdo it. “I recommend no more than one shower per day, no longer than 10 minutes -- with warm water, not hot,” says Burris. (If you're used to long, steamy sessions, set a timer and gradually work your way down to the 10-minute mark.)

Skip the washcloth, which can make itchy skin worse. When you get out of the shower, pat yourself dry with your towel -- no scrubbing or rubbing.

2. Pack away your lotion.

“Creams and ointments are more moisturizing than lotions, so I tell my patients to save the lotion for summer months and use something heavier and richer for the wintertime,” says Burris.

Fragrances, especially artificial ones, can irritate skin, so Burris recommends choosing a product that’s unscented. Some that she finds particularly effective are Cetaphil and Aveeno creams, as well as Aquaphor ointment. (If you don't like the feel of ointment on your skin, she says, at least use it on your lips to prevent chapping and cracking.)

Whatever you choose, slather it on immediately after you get out of the shower, while your skin is still damp. “This will help lock in the moisture,” says Burris, “and it will help you make moisturizing part of your daily routine.”

3. Re-humidify.

Indoor heating strips moisture from the air, so consider getting a humidifier for your bedroom; run it while you sleep throughout the months your heat is on. “It will replace some of the moisture that's lacking in the air, and that will be reflected in how your skin looks and feels,” says Burris. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to keep the humidifier clean and prevent the growth of bacteria or mold. Not interested in investing in a humidifier? Setting a dish of water on your radiator can deliver similar results.

It's also important to replace moisture from the inside out. Be sure to drink liquids throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty. Yes, coffee and tea count (just go easy on the cream and sugar). When it comes to keeping your skin comfortable, you can't go wrong with water -- it provides hydration without the extra calories.



Businesses and consumers alike have been affected by the almost daily threats of data breaches and the impact of these have on a continuous basis. Will such threats enable identity fraud, send a business under or even give adversaries further power to conduct ever more dangerous attacks? Michael Sutton, CISO at Zscaler, has crafted his top five predictions for the year ahead and what this will mean for the threat landscape.

He discusses:

• Nation states ‘offensive offense’ – It’s likely 2017 will see the US and other nations step into a cyber mudslinging contest

• AI will be used for good and evil – Another platform that holds mass quantities of data will be susceptible to savvy criminals in 2017

• Ransomware gets physical – Encrypting data will be replaced with extortion via disabling physical systems

• Data breaches 3.0 – The next wave as criminals seek to alter, not exfiltrate data with corporate espionage in mind

• Cyber insurance disruption – Risk scoring algorithms will need to go far deeper with internal corporate security systems to calculate the likelihood of a breach

Offensive Offense – Increasingly, motivations for offensive nation state sponsored attacks have gone into a new realm and have been driven primarily as an effort to undermine the credibility of another government or in some cases influence public sentiment.”

Rise of the Machine (Learning) – Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are the current buzz words du jour in the security industry. Machine learning will revolutionise security because humans simply can’t scale in the same way that but machines do and we’re willing to invest in perfecting the neural networks that drive them.”

Ransomware gets Physical – Most ransomware to date remains relatively unsophisticated, relying primarily on social engineering as the infection mechanism. Attackers don’t need to pull 0day tricks out of their bag to infect PCs, when signature based defenses are easily evaded and humans remain gullible. What is changing, is the targets that the attackers are going after.”

Data Breaches 3.0 – First we had the era of the financial data breach with the likes of Target, Home Depot, Michael’s and Neiman Marcus all suffering massive thefts of debit/credit card data across 2013 and 2014. Healthcare then bore the brunt of the attacks announced in 2015 with Anthem, Premera and Carefirst all acknowledging that millions of records had been stolen. In 2017 we can expect a third data breach phase, with attackers seeking to alter, not exfiltrate data.”

Disruption in cyber insurance – The insurance industry is one that’s ripe for disruption. With data breaches becoming the norm, cyber insurance has also become a must have item for large enterprises. Insurance companies are desperate to get in on the game, but they have a big challenge – how do they calculate the likelihood of a breach? Life insurance is easy – plenty of people have lived and died and we have solid data on it.”



Fast-growing Schutz Shoes upgrades its fraud detectionsoftware to slash manual reviewsand improve order processing.

Online orders were flowing into shoe e-retailer Schutz Shoes,the U.S. division of Brazilian-based shoe retailer Arezzo & Co., but thesmall team spent an increasing amount of time checking whether an order wasfraudulent. When one employee on a staff of seven has to manually review thelegitimacy of an online order, that’s time away from customers and otherbusiness, says Kimberly Gort, e-commerce manager for Schutz.

Schutz Shoes started selling online in 2014 operating itse-commerce site in the basement of its New York City store. That first year,Schutz had about $350,000 in online sales. In 2015, about half of its productcatalog was available online and sales grew to $1.5 million. Now, with all ofits products available online, Schutz Shoes projects about $3 million in onlinesales for 2016, Gort says. The retailer also opened a store in Los Angeles.

With triple-digit percentage growth comes growing pains. Whenthe e-retailer received a modest five online orders a day, using the free toolfrom its e-commerce platform provider (Shopify Inc.) worked fine, Gort says.The plugin would flag orders that might be fraudulent, and the retailer decidedto approve or decline such orders.  Forexample, the tool flagged an order if the credit card and shipping addressesdidn’t match, so a Schutz employee had to call the customer and determine if itwas a legitimate order. Deciding what was and wasn’t fraudulent often wasdifficult, Gort says.

“There’s always a risk,” she says. “It was like we wereplaying roulette.”

The situation frustrated the retailer and the shopper, assome shoppers were blocked from placing an order or their order was delayed orthey had to deal with a phone call from the retailer. Schutz was missing out onorders, devoting almost a full employee to manually check the orders and seekout consumers to verify information. As order volume and sales grew, themanual-review model no longer worked, Gort says.

In July, Schutz Shoes decided to integrate fraud detectionsoftware provider ClearSale onto its platform, choosing the vendor because itwas used by parent company Arezzo. It took about two weeks to integrate thetechnology onto Schutz’s site, Gort says.

ClearSale factors in about 100 variables to approve or denyorders, and then has its 500-person team to dig deeper on flagged orders, saysRafael Lourenco, vice president of operations at ClearSale. Orders can beapproved within three seconds, while an order that requires manual review willtake 24-48 hours, he says.

The impact of adding ClearSale was almost immediate, Gortsays, as Schutz Shoes was no longer on the hook to manually check flaggedorders. The e-retailer now approves 94-96% of its orders, which is about a 5%increase from when it relied on its free plugin, Gort says.

ClearSale charges per transaction and takes a 0.4-1.5% cut ofthe sale. The commission is worth it, Gort says, as more sales are approved. InAugust, Schutz Shoes paid ClearSale $1,500. The retailer processed 1,200 onlineorders that month, 1,002 of which ClearSale reviewed in some capacity; of those1,002 orders, 973 (97.1%) were approved.

ClearSale has about 2,000 clients, and more than 90% areretailers, Lourenco says. Across all of its clients, 93.5% of orders areautomatically approved, Lourenco says.

Recently, ClearSale updated its formula with another variableto approve or deny orders. The feature factors in how long a consumer is on thewebsite before she purchases. The shorter it is, the more suspect. However,this is only one variable and a short time between landings on the site andpurchasing will not automatically flag an order, Lourenco says. The new featureincreased ClearSale’s average approval rate by 1%, he says.



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Today, you can see enterprise IT departments having a hard timedeciding whether or not to move to cloud. Many of which depend on traditionalapplications for their daily operations. Indeed, traditional apps are old butthey usually serve business-critical functions. Pro Axia Consultants knows thata lot of people working in IT have encountered apps such as a five-year-oldJava application or an owned .NET application that uses SQL servers.

Hundreds of articles available online had described the benefits ofcloud-aware-apps, but this article aims to discuss some cloud benefits thatwere not usually mentioned in most of those articles.

Let's begin with cloud having the ability to adopt slowly.Companies being unsure where to start makes them put off cloud adoption. Cloud is notall about race; it should be considered by businesses as a process. In orderfor some enterprises to determine which parts of their application performbetter and simpler to handle in cloud, they take their traditional, huge appand tease it apart to separate the pieces of the application.

Cloud is affordable, meaning you'll get more for less. Companiesattempting to make their app work in the cloud will develop a version of itthen call it a test and break it apart. Companies can spin up cloud servers andget rid of them, making it low-risk and high-rewarding. Its cost is only asmall percentage of what companies are used to pay for traditionalinfrastructure.

Instead of hiring a full-time hardware specialist, cloud providerscan handle much of the work involved in keeping the infrastructure running.Good news is that it is more affordable than hiring those full-timeprofessionals. Delivering real value to the business includes new projects fromthe IT staff and cloud can help them fully concentrate on that matter.

Cloud is obviously one of the reasons why the nature of IT isbeing dramatically transformed. Cloud adoption allows your team to implementnew agile development practices if your business involves software. With cloud,you can be sure that your business will stand strong amidst of the competition.The team at Pro Axia Consultants understands that the primary element vital tothe survival of many businesses today is the ability to speed up thedevelopment lifecycle and reduce time to market.

Pro Axia Consultants also claims that every piece of a traditionalapp shouldn't be altered into a fully cloud-native app all at the same time toensure that your business will not be left behind in the new generation ofcloud IT. It is essential to find out first which components of your apps canlive, and even succeed, in the cloud.



For selecting a new system

1. An actively engaged project sponsor

A board level director /executive who fully support, is actively involved with and championsthe project. Ideally this would be the CEO. IT Director Support is required,but this is not enough. It should at least be the head of the relevantdepartment eg Finance Director / CFO for a new accounting system, HR Directorfor a new HR system. Selecting a new system without a Project Sponsor will notonly fail, but most likely not even start.

2. Clear objectives for the system selection

These include defining avision for the new system, the objectives to be achieved, the scope of theproject and hence, the parameters, tasks, project plan for the selectionprocess.

3. A solid businesscase for the project

These days, almost all systemprojects require a good business case prior to commencement or systemselection. Whilst at a high or summarized level, the essential componentsinclude:

·        an outline of the project, what is beingproposed and why

·        a positive ROI (Return on Investment) and aquick investment payback

·        a summary of costs (direct and indirect),benefits (tangible and intangible) and an outline budget for the overallproject

·        an overview of how the new system will beimplemented, key dates, departments, people involved, resourcing, outlineimplementation project plan, project risks and their mitigation

·        a budget available for the system selection egfor external purchases, consultancy and internal resources

4. Users driving the project

Driving the project forward ismore than just user involvement – the users need to actively lead and betotally involved with the system selection. They should be willing to acceptthe need for change, not just to the system, but also to operational procedures/ processes. And whilst IT is also heavily involved, it should be in more of asupporting role, rather than the driving role. After all, the system is for theusers - who are responsible for the business need / business case.

5. Committed resources and experienced project management

An experienced project managershould manage the system selection process. All resources should have theskills, commitment and time available to carry out the selection tasks. Thereshould be no conflict with their existing workloads, critical business dates /deadlines, etc. If there are insufficient internal resources with the rightskills and availability, bring in external resources. They could either work onthe selection process, or free up staff, who in turn, may work on the systemselection.

6. Focus on the business requirements

The establishment of businessrequirements under pins the project. It is the ‘foundation block’ for selectingthe right system, implementing and achieving the desired business benefits.

7. A sensible time scale for the system selection process

Too rushed and corners will becut, not enough thought given to business requirements and potentially goodsolutions missed. But too long and the selection process becomes too drawn out,confusing and difficult to make head way. A balance has to be struck - whichvaries from one organization to another – so that there is sufficient time forall the software selection activities to be completed.



TOKYO -- For the second time in about a decade, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. faces a scandal that could affect the company'sexistence.

The Japanese automaker has improperly tested the fueleconomy of its cars for the past quarter century, widening the scope ofmisconduct that executives initially said dated back to 2002.

TheMitsubishi board has formeda panel of three ex-prosecutors to investigate for about three months. Untilthen, customers, investors and minicar partner Nissan Motor Co. may be leftwaiting for information about the number of affected models and details ofcompensation.

"I'm taking this as a case that could affect ourcompany's existence," President Tetsuro Aikawa told reporters during apress conference Tuesday. "My mission is to solve the issue."

On Tuesday, Mitsubishi shares plunged for a fifth day,slashing the company's market value by half during that span to about 427billion yen ($3.8 billion).

The deepening crisis is the worst since the automakercovered up defective axles that led wheels to detach in fatal accidents,prompting multiple bailouts from Mitsubishi Group companies.

"Right now, understanding which cars and how many ofthem are at stake is the most important thing," Koji Endo, a Tokyo-basedanalyst with Advanced Research Japan, said. After two press conferences in thespan of a week, investors are "still waiting for a proper report."

Mitsubishi hasn't decided how it will compensatecustomers, Aikawa said. The company is in discussions about reimbursing Nissan,which was supplied about three-quarters of the 625,000 minicars that wereimproperly tested and relied on manipulated data. Nissan has since voluntarilystopped sales of the Japan-only models, called Dayz and Dayz Roox.

Depending on how many more vehicles were improperlytested, the company "will get into a situation where its survival isdifficult," Endo said.

Widening probes

Wrongdoing by the Japanese automaker and Volkswagen Grouphas prompted a reckoning of the ways carmakers test for and label the fueleconomy and exhaust emissions of their vehicles. Government investigators lastweek raided French manufacturer PSA Group as part of broader checks intovehicle emissions, while Daimler initiated an internal probe into itscertification process at the behest of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The EPA and the California Air Resources Board alsoannounced an investigation of whether models sold in the U.S. meet fuel economyregulations.

The EPA has instructed Mitsubishi to provide additionalinformation on vehicles sold in the U.S. and will direct the company to conductadditional testing, EPA spokeswoman Julia Valentine said in an emailedstatement Tuesday in Washington.

Japan's transport ministry asked Mitsubishi to re-submitfindings from its investigation of improper testing methods by May 11. Aninitial report that the company provided the regulator ahead of a Wednesdaydeadline was insufficient, a ministry official said Tuesday.

In addition to potential payouts to customers and Nissan,Mitsubishi may have to pay back government tax rebates that its minicarsshouldn't have been eligible for, Ryugo Nakao, an executive vice president, hassaid.

Nissan decision

Nissan first uncovered fuel economy discrepancies whenworking on development for the next generation of the minicars. CEO CarlosGhosn said Monday that Nissan will decide on the future of the partnershipafter further verification.

Mitsubishi had set stretch fuel economy goals for itsengineers to achieve. Aikawa, 62, and other executives attended meetings wherethe company raised targets for the Nissan Dayz, Dayz Roox and Mitsubishi eKWagon and eK Space minicars, Nakao said Tuesday.

"We aren't able to deal with customers," Aikawatold reporters Tuesday, adding that he wasn't aware of the improper testing."We're just telling them that we'll offer something."