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Hyatt Hotels warned of payment – card stealing malware attacks

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Hyatt Hotels warned of payment – card stealing malware attacks

Bengaluru, India | Red Newswire | Dec 24, 2015 Last Updated at 09:23 PM IST.

Hyatt Hotels warned of payment – card stealing malware attacks

Hyatt Hotels informed this Wednesday that a credit card stealing malware has infected its payment processing systems. This one is the latest in the series of breaches recorded this year.

Stephanie Sheppard, a company spokeswoman said that they discovered the attack on November 30th. However, she didn’t mention if the attackers were successful in stealing the data and out of 627 hotels, how many were infected and for how long?

She said, Customers should review their payment-card account statements closely and report any unauthorized charges to their card issuer immediately.”

The  Hyatt chain of hotels is owned and run by billionaire Pritzker family and is one of the major hotel chains.

Last month we heard of similar attacks on payment processing systems of Starwood Hotels & resorts Worldwide and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. Donald Trump also confirmed possibility of such attacks on his hotel chain called Trump Hotel Collection.

Hyatt had hired FireEye Inc. to investigate this matter and also set up a call center to answer to inquiries regarding the breach.

Sheppard said, “We have taken steps to strengthen the security of our systems. Customers can feel confident using payment cards at Hyatt hotels worldwide.”

Hyatt hasn’t disclosed the malware that was used in the attacks. But, the company is providing information regarding the attacks on its website.

Source: Livemint

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