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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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jktkw February 04 2014 at 6:43 AM

oh we shouldn't worry about this...there is some little girl SELLING CUPCAKES without a permit!!!! GASP!!!

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Zach's Father February 04 2014 at 6:24 AM

This **** gotta stop

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RNancy February 04 2014 at 5:31 AM

What a terrible thing that all of these places have been compromised and probably by the same group of what is known as terrorists. Who else?

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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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tucville2002 February 04 2014 at 2:35 AM

There is too much of greed in high places of governmental administration and corporate management, and that greed is adopted by the criminals who say that if the government and corporate bodies can practice so much greed, then there will be more greed at other levels of society.
In other words, greed breeds more greed, and as long we do not stop the greed in very high places, then there will always be more greed copied at other levels of society, which is very unacceptable to honest and God-fearing people. For example, why can we not have and enjoy "Single-payer health system" and "Employee free-choice act" ?
Please bear in mind that every soul is the hostage of its own deeds.

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RouteUS66Busload 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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fretplayer February 03 2014 at 11:55 PM

We need to go to the most up to date technology, which is a computer chip replacing the magnetic strip. That is what is used in Europe and it is so hard to hack those cards that they crooks dont even try. The reason we are on the old technology is that banks and retailers don't want to invest the money in the new technology , so the customer continues to get screwed. Maybe Obama can wave his magic pen and make this technology a requirement, opps I forgot Obama supporters are all on the government dole so this doesn't affect them

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jamesjpm55 February 04 2014 at 1:38 AM

really,you had to go there. Your reasoning was sound,you proposed a good solution . but you just had to link it to an irrational statement about the president and peope on the dole. It's the banks who block the chip in the credit card because it hurts their bottom line. They don;t want to invest in the technology. Direct your anger tor who's fault it really is.

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Dan Batson February 04 2014 at 1:59 AM

I did not vote for Obama but I do agree with you, James. It is the banks fault.

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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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MARTHA & PERRY February 03 2014 at 9:45 PM

time to cut up all the cards, and go back to cash only.

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Jim Neister February 03 2014 at 8:57 PM

Protecting from the inside out…data breaches will continue to be a problem until companies realize a strong perimeter isn't enough. What they call best practices tend to really focus on the perimeter. Right now the focus is on how to keep people from the data. What people need to focus on is what happens when people get to that data.

Companies need to use technology that will ensure that data is unusable when criminals reach it. Compare this approach to the banking industry practice of putting exploding red dye packets in bags of money. They have the perimeter protection. They have vaults, silent alarms, and armed guards. But they still put red dye in the bags because they know that at some point someone is going to get to it. People need to start protecting data in the same way, because you are never going to get to the point where people can't get to it.

There is a perfect solution to safe guard the data available to companies/retailers right now:


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