InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), confirmed Friday that a credit card breach affected at least 12 of its properties in the United States.
IHG released a statement late Friday explaining it found malicious software installed on point of sale servers between August and December 2016 at restaurants and bars of 12 IHG-managed properties. Here’s a detailed list of the affected properties: https://www.ihg.com/content/us/en/customer-care/protecting-our-guests
The stolen credit card data includes information stored on the magnetic stripe of credit & debit cards, including cardholder name, card number, expiration date, and internal verification code.
While IHG states that cards used at the front desks of these properties were not affected, they also have said that they may not know the full scope of the breach.
Fraudsters targeting the hospitality industry is nothing new. Over the last 2 years, POS breaches have affected Wyndham Worldwide, Trump Hotels, Evans Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, to Hyatt Hotels and HEI Hotels & Resorts, just to name a few. It’s safe to say that the hospitality industry is certainly lacking in terms of adequate security measures.
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