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Thieves Target Travelers In Latest Data Breach of 14 U.S. Hotels

February 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Identity Theft

by Credit Info Center

hotel swimming poolThieves are notorious for targeting travelers, so we’re all pretty practiced at keeping our wallets tucked safely in pocket or purse. But as proven by the latest report in a rash of nationwide data breaches, travelers need be equally concerned with credit and debit card transactions made with the establishment travelers need to trust most — their hotels.

Last Friday, security researcher Brian Krebs reported on the data breach of 14 U.S. hotels in 8 states last year, from March 20 through December 16, 2013.

Compromised information includes:

  • Names
  • Credit card numbers
  • Expiration dates
  • Security codes

Though the ownership of the compromised hotels vary — ranging from Sheraton to Holiday Inn — they all have one thing in common. All 14 data breaches happened in hotels managed by White Lodging Services.

If you stayed at any of the following hotels during the dates in question, note that the data breach evidently only affected cards used in these hotel restaurants and/or gift shops. No breaches have been reported involving credit or debit card transactions made via registration at the front desk.

As reported by, hotels affected include:

  1. Marriott Midway in Chicago
  2. Holiday Inn Midway in Chicago
  3. Holiday Inn Austin Northwest in Austin, Texas
  4. Westin Austin at the Domain in Austin, Texas
  5. Westin Austin at the Domain in Austin, Texas
  6. Sheraton Erie Bayfront in Erie, Pa.
  7. Renaissance Broomfield Flatiron in Broomfield, Colo.
  8. Marriott Boulder in Boulder, Colo.
  9. Marriott Denver South in Denver
  10. Marriott Indianapolis Downtown in Indianapolis
  11. Radisson Star Plaza in Merrillville, Ind.
  12. Marriott Richmond Downtown in Richmond, Va.
  13. Marriott Louisville Downtown in Louisville, Ky.
  14. Renaissance Plantation in Plantation, Fla.

This is just a fraction of the hotels associated with White Lodging Services, which manages 168 of them in 21 states. However, none of the other establishments have evidently been affected by the breach.

As though we needed any more fuel for the fire (in light of the recent Target, Neiman Marcus, and Michaels breaches), this latest news makes all the more relevant the fast-tracking of smart card technology.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • Greg

    Cash only since 1981 and NEVER applied for credit! I also happen to OWN everything. You don’t need to bank.

  • Meredith Simonds

    Now that’s what I like to hear. Thanks, Greg. Love it!

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