NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Another day, another hotel data breach where guest data - your personal credit card info - may have been sucked up by cybercriminals. The latest hotels to join the list of victims: Hilton Hotels and Trump Hotels. Prior big hotel breaches have included hotel management company White Lodging - twice victimized - along with management company Destination and Mandarin Oriental. Hard Rock also has suffered a publicized breach.
Questions hotel guests need to be asking themselves now include: is it safe to use a credit card at a hotel? How about a debit card?
First, however, what happened in the latest breaches? Trump Hotels has issued a statement that said it “may” have been a victim. It acknowledged that malware was at work at many of its hotels for over a year. Trump Hotels continued: “For customers that used credit or debit cards to make purchases between May 19, 2014, and June 2, 2015, we believe that the malware may have affected payment card data including payment card account number, card expiration date and security code.”
Hilton, for its part, issued a statement that said little. "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."