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Hotels fall victim to credit card breach

Hotels Latest Victims of Credit Card Hacks

It's a troubling time for thousands of credit and debit card users.

The latest breach affects customers of White Lodging, a company that manages the Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton and Westin hotel franchises.

The same security researcher who first reported the recent Target breach says the hotel data hack affected only specific hotels in Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles. The breach of security took place between March 23, 2013 and the end of last year.

It's unknown if the Target and hotel breaches are related, but this feels like deja vu.

Both Neiman Marcus and Michael's have also been victims of security breaches.

All the recently hacked companies have offered a year of free credit monitoring, but details about the White Lodging breach are currently unknown.

Many are now pushing for new safety measures, such as the successful EMV chip technology Europe has been using. In the US, retailers are advocating for all credit card transactions to require a pin.

White Lodging says it is working with banks and credit card companies as it investigates the problem.

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rude February 03 2014 at 1:33 PM

Get your cards replaced with new ones with new numbers asap. Better yet, condense them into as few as possible.

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mennis0852 rude February 03 2014 at 3:37 PM

Replacing your cards only works until there is a new hack. This new malware can be used with any Point-of-Sale unit, gas pump, or even ATM's. They use the upgrade systems to install the malware into the units of the target company after breaking into the companies servers.

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artkramr February 03 2014 at 3:03 PM

Use only cash and never a credit card. Just use your credit card to withdraw cash from your bank

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MarcuaBlack February 03 2014 at 3:02 PM

Why can't we keep our data safe, the other countries seem to be able to.

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mennis0852 MarcuaBlack February 03 2014 at 3:17 PM

We are a target. Since we use a different credit card system than other countries, the hackers have to either concentrate on the US or the rest of the world.

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TERRY MarcuaBlack February 03 2014 at 7:58 PM

Take a wild guess. Regulations in this country. Oh by the way this is the change you were promised.

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onjel February 03 2014 at 2:45 PM

It's an awful thing to be victimized and have to pay for the clean up

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soopershrink February 03 2014 at 2:43 PM

They don' t have this problem in the rest of the world, they have a better security system, its a matter of being penny wise and $ foolish!

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JACK February 03 2014 at 2:13 PM


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philips0811 February 03 2014 at 1:46 PM

When, oh when, will we enter the 21st Century with our Credit Card technology? Yet another proof of our impending 3rd world status. Leadership, Executive Branch? Senate? House?

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mennis0852 philips0811 February 03 2014 at 3:26 PM

The government has nothing to do with credit card security. That has been decided by the credit card companies themselves. Complain to Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Japan Credit Bank since they all use the same security in the US but different in other countries.

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john t February 03 2014 at 5:45 PM

as it has been a trend the us has been slow to change other countries are passing us and we just sit back and watch

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josephkwolfe February 03 2014 at 1:40 PM

This article is very misleading. It states that White Lodging manages the Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton, and Westin hotel franchises. This is partially true. They are a management company that operates and runs some franchised hotels in their specific portfolio.

There are thousands of franchised Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton, and Westin hotels that have nothing to do with White Lodging and therefore are not affected by this issue. These hotels are operated and run by other management companies other than White Lodging.

The article is irresponsible for making such a broad statement.

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jmjend February 03 2014 at 4:21 PM

All of the big company's should get together and form a Reward pool. Offering large rewards for information on the hackers. It should not take long for underlings to turn on these computer geeks breaking the law.

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