Like waiting for the next shoe to drop…in the latest run of online attacks affecting American companies another one has bit the dust! White Lodging, which manages hotel franchises for chains like Marriott, Hilton and Starwood Hotels, is investigating a potential security breach involving customers’ payment information. White Lodging Services Corporation, which works with 168 hotels in 21 states, confirmed that it was examining the data breach. On checking their website today however there is not a peep about it. Not such good crisis communications.
Brian Krebs, the now well-known security blogger, posted this latest intrusion on Friday. He reported that the breach might have resulted in the fraudulent use of hundreds of credit and debit cards used for payment at Marriott hotels between March 2013 and the end of the year. Mr. Krebs was also first to report the hacking of consumer data from Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels, the arts and crafts retailer.
The thefts have reignited the push for more secure credit and debit cards, similar to those used in Europe and elsewhere, and have prompted congressional calls for tougher consumer protections and federal breach notification requirements.