Consumer Fraud

Trump Hotel Collection, Hilton Hotels hit by data breaches

data breach Trump Hotel Collection, Hilton Hotels hit by data breachesThe Trump Hotel Collection, owned by republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump, confirmed a data breach believed to have taken place between May 2014 and June 2015.

According to PYMNTS.com, customer payment card information at select hotel locations may have been breached by means of unauthorized software installed on the hotels’ point-of-sale (POS) systems; however, it’s still unclear whether the involved hackers actually stole any private information.

The following Trump hotel locations were affected by the data breach:  Trump SoHo New York; Trump National Doral in Miami; Trump International New York; Trump International Chicago; Trump International Waikiki in Honolulu; Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas; and Trump International Toronto.

In order to make amends for the data breach, the Trump Hotel Collection has announced an investigation into what exactly occurred, as well as free year-long identity protection to those affected by the hack.

“Although an independent forensic investigation has not conclusively determined that any particular customer’s payment card information was taken from the properties’ payment card system or misused, we are providing this notice out of an abundance of caution,” the Trump hotel chain said in a recent statement.

Hilton Hotels properties have also uncovered a similar payments data breach last month. PYMNTS.com claim that the chain’s gift shop and restaurant POS terminals were found to be infected by card fraud software. If the Hilton data breach is confirmed, it is likely that Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Hampton Inn and Suites and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts were also compromised during the data breach.

“Hilton Worldwide is strongly committed to protecting our customers’ credit card information,” the company said. “We have many systems in place and work with some of the top experts in the field to address data security. Unfortunately the possibility of fraudulent credit card activity is all too common for every company in today’s marketplace. We take any potential issue very seriously, and we are looking into this matter.”

Sourcesa:
PYMNTS.com
The Street