April 5, 2016 by

Hackers Steal Credit Card Data from Trump Hotels

Donald Trump’s luxury hotel chain, the Trump Hotel collection has been affected with a breach of its credit card systems, according to reports.

Security journalist Brian Krebs has revealed that his banking sources are voicing the possibility of a credit card breach affecting the Trump Hotel Selection. The hotel chain is a signature list of properties related to Republican presidential front-runner, Donald Trump.

A Trump Hotels representative has revealed that the organization is investigating claims of the credit card breach.

“We are in the midst of a thorough investigation on this matter,” the company added in a written statement. “We are committed to safeguarding all guests’ personal information and will continue to do so vigilantly.”

Krebs’ blog cites three sources from the financial sector who have noticed a pattern of credit card fraud on customer cards. This leads to the very real possibility that hackers have breached credit card systems at some, if not all Trump Hotel Collection properties.

The Trump Hotel Collection consists of over a dozen exclusive properties, globally. Krebs’ banking sources have detected a pattern of fraud on credit cards used in multiple Trump Hotel Collection locations over the past two to three months. These properties include the Trump International Hotel New York, Trump Hotel Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii, Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto.

Donald Trump’s Trump Hotel Collection has previously been at the center of a credit card breach, also reported by Brian Krebs on July 1, 2015. Initially, the Trump Hotel Collection acknowledged that it was alerted to the possibility of a breach. However, it wasn’t until October 2015 when the hotel chain officially confirmed that it had been breached by card-stealing malware.

Hotel chains have frequently been the targets of credit card malware breaches in recent times.

LIFARS has previously reported on the Hilton Hotels being the target of a credit card breach, an incident later confirmed by the hotel chain. Similarly, over 50 Starwood Hotels were struck by credit card malware, late last year. Toward the end of 2015, the Hyatt group of hotels joined the growing list of hotel chains being targeted by credit card malware cybercriminals.

 Trump International Hotel Las Vegas

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