An American Airlines jet is parked at a gate at Philadelphia International Airport. (Alejandro A. Alvarez/Philadelphia Daily News via AP, File)

Hackers linked to China are said to have breached American Airlines and Sabre, a company that processes reservations for hundreds of airlines and hotels. As Bloomberg reports: “Both companies were hacked as part of the same wave of attacks that targeted insurer Anthem Inc. and the U.S. government’s personnel office, according to three people with knowledge of the cybersecurity probes. The investigators have tied those incursions to the same China-backed hackers, an assessment shared by U.S. officials, the people said. The latest incidents, which haven’t previously been reported, are the broadest yet on the U.S. travel industry, emerging a week after security experts attributed an attack on United Airlines, the world’s second-largest carrier, to the same group.”

NEW PHASE FOR NET NEUTRALITY FIGHT: Critics trying to kill net neutrality finished drafting their court arguments this week, bringing the battle over the rules into a new stage. As The Hill reports, “Oral arguments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit have been slated for Dec. 4, setting up a decision perhaps by early spring. About a dozen amicus briefs were submitted by a Thursday deadline, urging the court to strike down the Federal Communications Commission’s new rules that reclassify broadband Internet. The FCC and those supporting the new rules will have until mid-September to respond. A second round of replies will be due in early October.”

ABOUT YOUR CELL PHONE DATA: Data known as “cell-site location information” can be accessed by law enforcement without a warrant, and critics of this practices have started to score victories in court. As the Atlantic reports, “Right now, U.S. law enforcement at any level can ask mobile carriers for that database of information for a customer or customers and receive it, virtually as far back in time as they need. If they want a week of data, they can get it; if they want seven months, they can just ask for that, too. Even a county-level detective, wanting to get at that information, never has to prove probable cause to a judge. (Probable cause is the legal standard for granting a warrant in the U.S.: It’s what law enforcement has to prove before they can search someone’s home.) Instead, law enforcement has to prove to a much lower legal standard, called ‘reasonable suspicion.'”