Thursday, 17 August, 2017

Miscreants have been pillaging credit cards from Trump Hotels' booking system

First Nations drummers play as protesters gather outside the official opening of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver B.C. on Tuesday Rosewood advises customer vigilance following security breach
Juana Turner | 13 July, 2017, 00:40

Hackers gained access to credit cards and other information from guests at 14 Trump organization properties in 2016 and had unfettered access to the information for months, the organization reported Tuesday.

The unauthorized party in this data breach accessed payment card information for certain hotel reservations and, in some cases, guest contact information. Included in the breach is cardholder name, payment card number, card expiration date and the card security code. "Privacy and protection of our guests' information is a matter we take very seriously", Trump Hotels said in a statement.

The incident-just the latest to hit the hotels that bare the last name of the President of the United States-occurred thanks to a breach of Sabre Hospitality Solutions, a third-party reservation booking system used by Trump Hotels and a number of other major accommodations providers.

Trump Hotels advises guests to "remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by regularly reviewing account statements and monitoring free credit reports for any unauthorized activity".

Trump International Hotels Management paid the state of NY over $50,000 in penalties past year after failing to immediately notify guests that their personal information had been breached.

The Sabre breach was first reported by independent security reporter Brian Krebs back in May, after Sabre mentioned it in a quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Still, that is better than when Trump Hotels learned of a May 2014 breach in June 2015, but did not notify guests until four months later.

A number of Trump hotel properties have been hacked leaving customers’ credit card info vulnerable
A number of Trump hotel properties have been hacked leaving customers’ credit card info vulnerable

Commenting on this, Lisa Baergen, director at NuData Security, said: "The full scope of the Sabre breach is still not yet known, and perhaps might never be fully known given the global reach of the Sabre reservations network".

Guests at 14 of Trump's Hotels have reported that their credit card details have been stolen.

"Why are hackers targeting hotels? Well, because they're a good target", Peter W. Singer, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, told the Post.

Trump Hotels agreed to update its security practices as a result of the agreement.

'If more people are staying there in an attempt to curry favor with the government, the fishing pool of targets is certainly greater than it was prior to November, ' he said.

In May, Trump signed an executive order on cybersecurity created to hold the heads of federal agencies accountable for cybersecurity risks and breaches in their networks.

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