InterContinental hotels investigating possible card payment breach

Technology - Himanshu Gill - Dec 30,2016

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intercontinental hotels investigating possible card payment breach

UK-based InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has said that it is investigating a possible data security breach in some of its hotels in the United States.

The security breach relates to alleged card payment infringement in the hotels. The travel giant raised fears that customers could have been hit by a card fraud as a number of visitors had discovered extra charges on their cards.

IHG is the parent company to more than 5000 global hotel locations including the famous Holiday Inn. A spokesperson from the company, said that a computer security firm has been hired to help in the investigation and that the hotels would continue to work with the payment card networks.

The company noticed a pattern of fraud on customer credit and debit cards that suggested a breach at some of the InterContinental properties, particularly at Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels in the US.

This news has come nearly four months after the incident at InterContinental's Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, where an investigation had found a malware attack on the servers that processed payment cards used at these hotels. This time again, experts suggest that the firm may have been the victim of hackers who put a malicious computer on IHG's systems.

Such cyberattacks involve sophisticated software that can track names and other card details. The company has not yet revealed the number of people that have been affected, but it has advised visitors to monitor their accounts.

KrebsonSecurity was the first agency to reveal the fraud. IHG owns hotel chains Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Kimpton Hotels and Crowne Plaza.

Other hotel chains affected by card breaches within the past year are Trump Hotels, Hilton Mandarin Oriental and White Lodge, according to KrebsonSecurity’s blog. Hyatt Hotels Corp and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., also suffered similar cyberattacks this year.