Trump hotels hacked in apparent data breach

July 2, 2015 Arctic Wolf Networks

It's been a tiring week for real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. After both NBC and department store chain Macy's cut ties with him for making derogatory comments about immigrants from Mexico, Trump's hotel chain is now facing a credit and debit card data breach.

According to KrebsonSecurity, unnamed sources at several banks said fraudulent charges had been made at Trump Hotel Collection's group of luxury hotels. So far, the possible breach is being traced back to February. The credit card data at the chain's hotels in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas and Honolulu could have been compromised

"Like virtually every other company these days, we have been alerted to potential suspicious credit card activity and are in the midst of a thorough investigation to determine whether it involves any of our properties," Eric Trump, Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for the Trump Organization, told Reuters.

The executive vice president noted that the company is committed to "safeguarding all guests' personal information and will continue to do so vigilantly."

Eric Trump is Donald Trump's third son and is credited along with two of his other siblings for creating the hotel collection under the umbrella of his father's organization. 

With this breach, Trump Hotel Collection now becomes the third hotel chain in five months to be compromised. Mandarin Oriental announced a credit card breach this past March, one month after White Lodging, a hotel property management company, admitted that its payment card processing system was hacked.  

The hacks came just as merchants plan to make the switch to new card reading technology that will work with payment cards that feature chips storing the customer's information instead of the usual magnetic stripe. The chips will make it much harder and more expensive for thieves to duplicate or use.

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