Nearly 1,200 InterContinental hotels hit in data breach

Nearly 1,200 InterContinental hotels hit in data breach

The data breach, which led to the theft of guests’ credit card information who stayed at hotels under the InterContinental Hotel Group, was much bigger than previously announced earlier, with almost 1,200 hotels affected.

“The investigation identified signs of the operation of malware designed to access payment card data from cards used onsite at front desks at certain IHG-branded franchise hotel locations between September 29, 2016 and December 29, 2016,” said InterContinental Hotel Group in a statement.

The company operates more than 5,000 hotels across 100 countries. Those hotels breached included household names such as InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crown Plaza and Hotel Indigo chains.

Credit card stealing #malware: 1200 #InterContinental hotels breached | https://t.co/IBVn24nPYg#Security#Hacking#Hotels#Breachpic.twitter.com/RaAQfJ4O7K

— HackRead (@HackRead) April 20, 2017

The breach was discovered after hotel guests reported unauthorized fraudulent charges on cards previously used at a number of US hotels owed by IHG.

The hotel group said malware searched for track data – cardholder name, card number, expiration date and internal verification code - and read from the magnetic stripe of a payment card as it was being routed through the affected hotel server.

The malware did now show signs of activity after December 29 but it was not eradicated from cash registers until March 2017.

The company noted there was no indication other guest information was affected.
Card-stealing cyber thieves have broken into some of the largest hotel chains over the past few years, according to Krebs On Security.

Krebs: InterContinental Hotel Chain Breach Expands: In December 2016, KrebsOnSecurity broke the news that fraud… https://t.co/1Zzo0NIFkFpic.twitter.com/7HrUaawJHn

— SecurityGopher (@SecurityGopher) April 19, 2017

Hotel brands that have acknowledged card breaches over the last year include Kimpton Hotels, Trump Hotels (twice), Hilton, Mandarin Oriental, and White Lodging (twice). Card breaches also have hit hospitality chains Starwood Hotels and Hyatt.

In many of these breaches, thieves plant malicious software on point-of-sale devices via a hacked remote administration tool. Once the attackers have their malware loaded they remotely capture data from each card swiped at the cash register.

New York data breaches hit all-time high as 1.6mn users’ records exposed https://t.co/OCyuN18sCOpic.twitter.com/ZhQwQCsE4r

— RT America (@RT_America) March 21, 2017

Thieves can then sell that data to crooks who specialize in encoding the stolen data onto any card with a magnetic stripe, and using the cards to purchase high-priced electronics and gift cards from big-box stores like Target and Best Buy.



Add Comment

all comments

  Other news

more
White Gold

White Gold..

24-May, 16:24

White Gold, a new sitcom from one of the creators of The Inbetweeners,...

Channel 4's new series Ackley Bridge cuts 'fake bomb hoax' scene in last-minute edit in light of Ariana Grande Manchester terror attack

Channel 4's new series Ackley Bridge cuts 'fake bomb hoax' scene in last-minute edit in light..

25-May, 08:32

On Monday night 22 people were killed and more than 59 people were...

Bomb unit sent to Manchester college

Bomb unit sent to Manchester college..

25-May, 06:16

An army bomb disposal unit is at a college in Hulme, Greater Manchester...

Ochre use by Middle Stone Age humans in Porc-Epic cave persisted over thousands of years

Ochre use by Middle Stone Age humans in Porc-Epic cave persisted over thousands of years..

25-May, 10:57

Middle Stone Age humans in the Porc-Epic cave likely used ochre over at...

UN says 200,000 more expected to flee Iraq's Mosul

UN says 200,000 more expected to flee Iraq's Mosul..

18-May, 05:41

Another 200,000 people may flee their homes as the fighting in the...

Gag Concert Episode 888

Gag Concert Episode 888..

06-Mar, 02:17

The following Gag Concert Episode 888 English Sub has been released. Full...

Lab opens at Egypt's pyramids to restore pharaonic boat

Lab opens at Egypt's pyramids to restore pharaonic boat..

29-Mar, 08:02

Egypt is inaugurating its largest on-site antiquities laboratory, to...

The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop Episode 50

The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop Episode 50..

12-Feb, 17:30

The following The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop Episode 50 English...