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Hilton Hotels Targeted by Hackers in a Credit Card Breach

Hilton Hotels Targeted by Hackers in a Credit Card Breach

by Samburaj DasSeptember 28, 2015

Hilton Worldwide is looking into claims of a substantial credit card breach after independent security researcher and journalist Brian Krebs broke the news this weekend.

According to security journalist Brian Krebs, multiple properties and franchises of the Hilton Hotel have been compromised by hackers in a sweeping credit card breach.

Krebs’ investigation is based on ‘multiple sources’ in the banking industry who noticed a steady pattern of fraudulent credit card transactions across Hilton properties.

Specifically, hackers have compromised point-of-sale registers used in gift shops and restaurants that oversee a large number of credit card transactions in Hilton properties across the United States.

Hilton brand logo

Hilton brand logo

A Hilton WorldWide spokesman released a statement by the hotel group, noting that it was aware of reports of the credit card breach. It read:

“Hilton Worldwide is strongly committed to protecting our customers’ credit card information. 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.

The Hilton Hack

Visa first noticed credit card fraud that occurred between April 21, 2015, and July 27, 2015. Visa then alerted several banks and financial institutions confidentially in August, warning them of a breach. The confidential alerts included specific credit card numbers that may have been compromised. The breached locations were not shared, however, as per Visa policy.

It wasn’t before long that Krebs’ sources at five different banks confirmed the one common theme across all fraudulent credit card transactions: they all took place at Hilton properties.

Although the number of compromised Hilton properties remain unclear presently, Krebs reports that the breach of credit card data may go back to November 2014.

So far, the confirmed list of compromised Hilton locations are:

  • The Hampton Inn and Suites
  • Embassy Suites
  • Doubletree
  • Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

While the credit card breach hasn’t impacted guests staying at the properties, the entirety of the breach and the resulting fraudulent transactions point to compromised devices at coffee bars, gift shops and restaurants at multiple Hilton properties.

Featured image from Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.

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