outbrain
Close  

Hilton hotels hit by cyber attack

/ 10:45 AM November 25, 2015
hacking

INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

SAN FRANCISCO, United States—US hotel chain Hilton revealed Tuesday that hackers stole credit card information from some of its point-of-sale computer systems.

Hilton did not reveal the extent of the breach, but warned anyone who used credit cards at Hilton Worldwide hotels between November 18 and December 5 of last year or April 21 and July 27 of this year to watch for irregular activity in their accounts.

ADVERTISEMENT

Information swiped by malicious code that infected systems included credit card holders’ names along with card numbers, security codes and expiration dates, Hilton global brands executive vice president Jim Holthouser said in an online post.

The hackers did not get people’s addresses or personal identification numbers, according to Holthouser.

FEATURED STORIES

Hilton said that it is investigating the breach with the help of third-party forensics experts, law enforcement and payment card companies.

The announcement came just four days after Starwood Hotels, which operates the Sheraton and Westin chains, said that hackers had infected payment systems in some of its establishments, potentially leaking customer credit card data.

The hack occurred at A “limited number” of its hotels in North America, according to Starwood, whose other well-known chains include St Regis and W Hotels.

Starwood said that an investigation by forensic experts concluded that malware was detected in some restaurants, gift shops and other points of sale systems at hotels.

“The malware was designed to collect certain payment card information, including cardholder name, payment card number, security code and expiration date,” the group said in a statement.

RELATED STORIES

UK phone retailer says cyber-attack may have hit 2.4M people

ADVERTISEMENT

North Korea slams ‘hostile’ US sanctions over Sony hack

TOPICS: attack, Computer, Credit Card, cyber, Hackers, Hilton, hotels, Information, systems, technology
Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.