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Hotel Franchise Firm Was Target of Extended Data Breach in 2013

Excerpt from Krebs on Security

Feb 01, 2014 12:00 pm

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It won’t make White Lodging feel better right now, but considering the multiple recent credit and debit card breaches they will likely not be the only hospitality firm dealing with these issues.

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The JW Marriott in Austin is managed by White Lodging. Marriott International


White Lodging, a company that maintains hotel franchises under nationwide brands including Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton and Westin appears to have suffered a data breach that exposed credit and debit card information on thousands of guests throughout much of 2013, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.

Earlier this month, multiple sources in the banking industry began sharing data indicating that they were seeing a pattern of fraud on hundreds of cards that were all previously used at Marriott hotels from roughly March 23, 2013 on through the end of last year. But those sames sources said they were puzzled by the pattern of fraud, because it was seen only at specific Marriott hotels, including locations in Austin, Chicago Denver, Los Angeles, Louisville and Tampa.

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