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Hotel Company Investigates Data Breach, Card Fraud
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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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