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Hackers Access Payment Data for 14 Trump Hotels Worldwide

Hackers Access Payment Data for 14 Trump Hotels Worldwide

Trump Hotels, the luxury chain owned by President Donald Trump’s family enterprise, has advised customers that hackers stole payment information from 14 of its properties worldwide.

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It’s not the first time recently that Trump Hotels has has problems with data breaches. Gizmodo reported the company agreed last September to pay a $50,000 USD fine after a previous hack affected over 70,000 guest payment cards.

According to a Trump Hotels statement, the breach was not a direct attack on Trump properties and the company’s own systems were not compromised. Instead it was records belonging to Sabre Hospitality Solutions, a third-party reservation service.

Sabre handles hotel bookings for a large number of hotel chains and independents. Also affected in the data theft were guests at 11 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino locations, and 21 Loews Hotels.

Hotels Hack Covers Nearly One Year of Bookings

Trump Hotels posted a list of 14 properties in the Americas and Europe, along with the booking dates affected. The dates for each location vary, but include guests who stayed at the hotels between July 2016 and March 2017.

coding hacking hackerSabre notified Trump Hotels of the breach on 5th June 2017. The unauthorized party accessed credit card and other personal contact data on Sabre’s SynXis Central Reservations system (CRS). This system facilitates bookings via hotels, travel agents and other booking services.

Sabre said the intruder was not able to access more personal information like social security, passport or driver’s license data. Alarmingly, though, the attacker was able to access the information for a prolonged period of time, between August 2016 and March 2017.

Trump Hotels said it is “working with Sabre to address this issue”. Sabre has also engaged a cybersecurity firm and is working with law enforcement and payment card companies.

Trump Hotels describes itself as a “family enterprise” of The Trump Organization. Though Donald Trump is still the legal owner of the parent company, he stood down from management duties upon becoming president in January 2017. The Trump Organization is currently under trustee management by Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, and CFO Allen Weisselberg.

Can retail and service systems ever fully protect themselves against hackers? Let us know in the comments.


Images via Trump.com, Pixabay

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