Hyatt Hotels Corp. announces POS malware

Hyatt Hotels Corp. has announced a data breach of their payment processing systems.

The hotel chain discovered that there was malware in their payment processing network back in November, but they announced the breach last night.  The company says they have been investigating the matter.

Hyatt Hotels Corp. hired a cybersecurity company and says that they have fixed the problem and have strengthened security at the Hyatt managed hotels.  They insist that customers should feel safe in using their debit and credit cards at all of their 672 properties around the world.

The company did not say how many customers may have been affected, or what information was compromised.

“As always, we encourage customers to review their payment card account statements closely and to report any unauthorized charges to their card issuer immediately,” the company said in statement. ”Payment card rules generally provide that cardholders are not responsible for unauthorized charges that are timely reported.”

Hyatt joins the many hotel chains that have been hit this year.  Most recently, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc and Trump hotels have also been hit with a data breach.  54 Starwood hotels in North America were infected with a malware that allowed unauthorized access to payment card data. In July, several banks were reporting fraudulent credit and debit card charges from accounts used at Trump hotels in several locations including Chicago, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.  Sources also told Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security that the breach appeared to go all the way back to February of this year.  Despite the multiple city reports, The Trump Hotel Collection claimed that the malware infection was specific to their Las Vegas property.

 

For information on how you can prevent your organization from being breached, visit www.miltonsecurity.com or call 714-515-4011.

 

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