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Credit card data breach discovered at 1,175 hotels nationwide

(MEREDITH) — If you stayed at a hotel during the last few months of 2016, it might be smart to check your credit card transactions. A massive credit card data breach at 1,175 hotels has exposed the payment information of potentially thousands of customers of hotels like Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Crowne Plaza.

Parent company InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) launched an internal investigation into the data breach earlier this year and found that malware had accessed payment data of cards used at the front desks of certain hotels between Sept. 29, 2016, and Dec. 29, 2016. IHG has over 5,000 hotels, including Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn Resort.

Hospitality’s Hidden Threat: POS

Whether restaurant, hotel or resort, the hospitality industry is intensely focused on creating a pleasurable experience for guests. Unfortunately, hospitality has become an increasingly attractive industry for cybersecurity threats, according to the 2016 Trustwave Global Security Report. The report notes that the hospitality industry accounted for 14 percent of all breaches, second only to the retail industry. Among the more prominent breaches in the last two years are those at Hyatt (August 2014 – December 2015), Hilton (July – August 2015) and Hard Rock Café (September 2014 – April 2015).

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