Hyatt Hotels has recently published its list of 250 Hyatt Hotel locations whose payment card processing systems were infected with malware last year.
Hackers were able to infiltrate over 250 Hyatt Hotel locations in over 50 countries after infecting the hotel chains payment processors with malware between August 13 and December 8, 2015.
The majority of compromised cards were used at restaurants, with a small percentage being used at golf shops, spas, parking systems, front desks and sales offices.
The malware installed on the hotel chain's computer systems was designed to capture payment card details like names, card numbers, expiration dates and verification codes.
Hyatt is currently in the process of reaching out to affected customers through their physical mailing addresses and via email. Those affected are being offered 1 free year of identity and fraud protection services courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.
This breach sounds surprisingly similar to that of the Starwood Hotels breach that infected the POS systems of 54 Starwood establishments.
The hospitality industry is often times the perfect target for cyber criminals. According to the Verizon 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report, restaurants, hotels & grocery stores are the most commonly affected industries suffering from POS intrusions.
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Read the Press Release from Hyatt Hotels here
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