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Hotel Company Investigates Data Breach, Card Fraud
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 06:35:21 +0000 (UTC)
By Mathew J. Schwartz
White Lodging Services, a hospitality company that manages 168 hotels in
21 states -- under franchises from Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton, and Westin
-- is investigating reports that it suffered a data breach that lasted
from March 2013 until the end of the year.
Word of the breaches first surfaced Friday when security journalist Brian
Krebs reported that unnamed card processors had tied fraud involving
hundreds of credit cards to a number of Marriott properties operated by
White Lodging Services, which is based in Merrillville, Ind. The affected
hotels were located in Austin, Texas, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles,
Louisville, Ky., and Tampa, Fla., among other cities, reported Krebs.
White Lodging confirmed Saturday that it's investigating the reported data
breach. "An investigation is in progress, and we will provide meaningful
information as soon as it becomes available," White Lodge spokeswoman
Kathleen Quilligan told The Times of Northwest Indiana.
White Lodge, described on the company's website as "a fully integrated
hotel ownership, development, and operations company," is owned by Dean
White, 90, whose hotel, real estate, and billboard business empire has
given him what Forbes estimated to be a net worth of $1.9 billion. His
company now manages 168 hotels under a variety of brand names, including
Hilton and its Hampton Inn brand; Marriott and its Courtyard, Fairfield
Inn, Residence Inn, and Springhill Suites brands; and Starwood and its
Sheraton and Westin brands.
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