Hilton Investigating Possible Breach
Sept. 28, 2015
While the healthcare industry seems to be the favorite target of hackers these days, retailers and payment card information is still vulnerable and under attack. Hilton Worldwide has acknowledged it is looking into reports that the POS systems of restaurants and gift shops in Hilton Hotels and other Hilton-owned properties (Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Hampton Inn and Suites, and the upscale Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts) have been compromised. Cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs reported Friday that five different issuing banks have tracked fraud on payment cards to Hilton properties in an intrusion that several sources told Krebs could have dated back to November 2014. Hilton has not admitted its systems were compromised and there is no indication yet as to the possible extent of the breach.
“Hilton Worldwide is strongly committed to protecting our customers’ credit card information,” the company said in a statement. “We have many systems in place and work with some of the top experts in the field to address data security. Unfortunately the possibility of fraudulent credit card activity is all too common for every company in today’s marketplace. We take any potential issue very seriously, and we are looking into this matter.”