Hotel Data Breach: Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott, Westin Customers May Have Been Hacked

Malware was stealing customer information

HEI Hotels & Resorts, which manages hotels for a variety of companies, has announced a hotel data breach at several of its locations.

Hotel Data Breach, Hyatt, H, Starwood, HOT, Marriott, MAR, Sheraton, Westin
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According to the company, 20 of its hotel locations were infected by malware from a group seeking customer’s personal information. The information that was possibly stolen includes names, card numbers, card expiration dates, and verification codes.

The malware behind the hotel data breach was discovered in the payment system for the hotel’s point-of-sale terminals. This includes food and beverage outlets and other such areas inside the affected hotels. HEI Hotels & Resorts said it has contained the data breach and customers can now use their credit or debit cards at the locations without worry.

The hotel data breach at locations controlled by HEI Hotels & Resorts affected many different brands. This includes Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H), Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (NYSE:HOT), Marriott International Inc (NASDAQ:MAR) and more. The data breach started in March 2015 and lasted until June 2016.

Here is a list of the affected locations in the recent hotel data breach.

  • Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center
  • Dallas Fort Worth Marriott Hotel & Golf Club
  • Equinox Resort Golf Resort & Spa
  • Hotel Chicago Downtown
  • Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
  • Intercontinental Tampa Bay
  • Le Meridien Arlington
  • Le Meridien San Francisco 
  • Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel
  • Royal Palm South Beach Miami
  • San Diego Marriott La Jolla
  • Sheraton Music City Hotel
  • Sheraton Pentagon City
  • The Hotel Minneapolis Autograph Collection
  •  The Westin Pasadena
  • The Westin Philadelphia
  • The Westin Snowmass Resort
  • The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
  • Westin For Lauderdale 

HEI Hotels & Resorts is working with data forensic experts and authorities to get to the bottom of the hotel data breach. It’s moving its payment card processing to a stand-alone system away from the rest of its network. The organization is also working with banks and is offering identity theft protection to customers.

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