Trump Hotels hit with big customer data breach (again)

  • Trump Hotels hit with big customer data breach (again)

Trump Hotels hit with big customer data breach (again)

Like Hard Rock and Loews Hotels before it, the hackers gained access to Trump Hotel information between last August 10 and March 9 of this year.

A number of Trump Hotels were hit by hackers who stole credit card numbers and other sensitive information from guests staying at the properties. The stolen records included guests' full names and credit-card numbers, expiration dates and security codes, as well as email addresses, phone numbers and home addresses.

Trump Hotels said in a notice posted on its website: "The privacy and the protection of guests' information is a matter we take very seriously". The Trump Hotels' notice echoed Sabre's notice of data breach about the unauthorized access of Sabre Hospitality Solutions SynXis Central Reservation System.

Likewise, the breach related to Trump Hotels did not take place on Trump Hotels' own reservations systems.

The latest breach comes months after the Trump organization was forced to pay $50,000 to NY state after it failed to notify customers immediately after data breaches in 2015 led to the theft of at least 70,000 credit card numbers and 300 Social Security numbers. Security journalist Brian Krebs broke the news of the Sabre breach back in May. Hard Rock Hotels last week admitted that its customers were also involved, and Loews Hotels has reportedly been sending its customers breach notifications.

SynXis offers hotel-bookings-as-a-service to tourism operators and has contacted users to let them know that unauthorised parties had accessed its systems.

Earlier this year, the InterContinental Hotel Group said guests' credit card data had been compromised at more than 1,200 of its properties, including Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels, over a three month period. Given yet another disclosure of a hotel using Sabre software being hacked, this may actually be the tip of the iceberg in terms of a widespread hacking campaign that may involve many other hotel chains as well.

In May 2014, hackers installed malware created to swipe payment card information in the computer systems of seven Trump Hotels.

Trump Hotels could not be immediately reached for comment. After all, hotel guests can't do much to protect themselves from a data breach at an institutional level. Well, because they're a good target, ' Singer told the Post. "If more people are staying there in an attempt to curry favor with the government, the fishing pool of targets is certainly greater than it was prior to November". It added that the cyberattack did not affect Trump Hotels' systems.