Thursday, June 24, 2010

700-Plus Credit Cards Stolen from Hotel Chain

Scott Mayerowitz writes on ABC News:

Computer hackers targeting travelers at luxury hotels across the country made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars during the past three months by breaking into the computer system of a national hotel chain and stealing the guests' credit card information, Texas police officials told ABC News today.

Destination Hotels & Resorts had its computer system hacked and the credit card data of more than 700 guests across the country was stolen, according to Austin, Texas, police. The Englewood, Colo., company manages more than 30 upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers in places such as Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Colo., Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Calif., Houston and Lake Tahoe.

In Austin, more than three dozen guests and diners at the posh Driskill Hotel had their data stolen after spending a night there or eating at the hotel's two restaurants.

The police said the security hole has been fixed but that the unknown criminals had access to the data for months.

More here.


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