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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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The Great One February 03 2014 at 11:01 PM

the problem is the loose methods credit card companies hand out new credit cards.....and the loose methods of allowing them to be used......there is no such thing as identify thief......a person identity is NOT a SS number....but only by credit card companies. That's not what the numbers were issued for......until they figure out a way to identify who (maybe in person) they issue credit cards to...let them lose their butt on crime..........

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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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Brucie February 04 2014 at 2:34 AM

Buymmer to the good-n-honest hard earned credit card holders. Pass a new law, death penalty within 30 days after conviction of these who Hack such account of any kind that aren't theirs without their permission. In my opinion.

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user139512 February 03 2014 at 7:50 PM

My bank is issueing new cards for all folks affected by Target breach here. Look into it.

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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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eulerckt February 03 2014 at 5:58 PM

Once again.....companies have NO business retaining/storing customer information once the account is settled and their irs audit exposure is over.
BYE BYE junk mail, spam, telemarketing, reduced exposure to personal info theft.
These companies are making money from data retention...they should be held accountable for its loss.

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K R Hunt February 03 2014 at 7:09 PM

Is stead of NSA tapping in on people's hphones, etc, how about hacking the hackers?

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TERRY K R Hunt February 03 2014 at 8:27 PM

They already do, and hire them to get your info.

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artemis923 February 03 2014 at 6:52 PM

I had standard bank account security in Germany and holy cow it was complicated. I kept a standard issue pin generator (looks like a small calculator) at home, owned two EMV microchipped cards and did a test to access my bank account online each time. Extreme? Maybe, but I knew my German money was safer than my American money.

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Monika artemis923 February 03 2014 at 7:30 PM

i wish i could get a german credit card

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SOLARIS 320 Monika February 03 2014 at 8:03 PM

Shure why not,with the swastica instead of the visa or master card logo!!!

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David February 04 2014 at 5:24 AM

Punishments need to be much higher than they are. A number of hackers get hired when they become famous for what they can do, how is that punishment. If you are caught it should be a mandatory 10 year sentence and add one month to the sentence for every victim. I still cannot believe that these people cannot be caught either with todays technology. Investigators are solving crimes by finding paths of emails, messages, purchases, or even attempts at these so why can't they find scammers, and hackers. If the internet is breaking the chain then change the internet. Make it as simple as it sounds.

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