Category: Hospitality

Wyndham Worldwide Charged By F.T.C. Over Data Breaches

Posted June 27, 2012 by Tim Whitman in Data Breach, Database Security, Hospitality with 0 comments

The Federal Trade Commission charged Wyndham Worldwide and three hotel and resort affiliates on Tuesday with allowing three breaches of its corporate data files in two years, resulting in the electronic theft of the credit card data of hundreds of thousands of the hotel chain’s customers. In a lawsuit filed in Federal District Court in Arizona, the F.T.C. said that Wyndham, which through its affiliates manages and franchises Ramada, Days Inn and Super 8 hotels, among others, often stored consumers’…

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Restaurant Depot Serves Up Credit Card Data To Hackers For 100K Customers

Restaurant Depot Serves Up Customer Credit Card Data

Cybercrooks presumed to be operating from Russia hacked into the Restaurant Depot database last month and accessed the credit and debit card details of more than 100,000 customers. In a Nov. 25 notice, Stanley Fleishman, the chief executive officer of Restaurant Depot and supermarket wholesaler Jetro Cash & Carry, informed affected customers that “unauthorized persons obtained the names of cardholders, credit or debit card numbers, card expiration dates, and verification codes that were on the magnetic stripes of credit and…

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Travelodge Blames ‘Vindictive Individual’ For Email Database Breach

Posted August 5, 2011 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Attack Vectors, Data Breach, Database Security, Hospitality with 0 comments
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Travelodge UK has confirmed that a customer database security breach was behind the recent run of spam emails to its customers. Customers complained in June after receiving spam messages punting suspicious-looking “work-at-home opportunities” to email addresses they only ever used to make reservations with the hotel chain. Travelodge admitted the incident, which it has repeatedly assured clients did not involve personal financial information. It promised to bolster its security, as well as referring the matter to data privacy watchdogs at…

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Travelodge Investigates Hacking Attack On Its Customer Database

Posted June 24, 2011 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Hospitality with 0 comments
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A spokesperson for the hotel chain said that a “third party” had managed to obtain names and e-mail addresses. The company warned users of its online service to be on the lookout for spam e-mails. The incident has been reported to the UK’s information commissioner who can fine businesses for poor data protection. A letter to customers, signed by the Travelodge’s chief executive Guy Parsons, contained little information about the nature of the leak, although it stressed that the company…

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Senators Propose Privacy Bill of Rights

Privacy Bill of Rights

Two veteran senators – John Kerry, D-Mass., and John McCain, R-Ariz. – introduced Tuesday legislation that would balance individual privacy rights while allowing businesses to collect consumer information that could be used to market products and services. The sponsors contend the legislation would protect people from unscrupulous actors by creating a set of basic rights to which all Americans are entitled. The aim of the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011 is to establish a baseline code of…

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The Briar Group To Pay $110K For Lack of Security Enforcement

Posted March 28, 2011 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Hospitality, Retail with 0 comments

The Briar Group LLC, which runs Ned Devine’s, the Green Briar, The Lenox, and other popular restaurants, has agreed to pay $110,000 to resolve allegations that the Boston chain failed to take reasonable steps to protect diners’ personal information and put at risk tens of thousands of credit and debit card information. The settlement stems from a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley over a data breach the Briar Group suffered in April 2009. Malcode was apparently installed…

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Hackers Steal TripAdvisor’s Email Database

Posted March 24, 2011 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Hospitality with 0 comments

Travel site TripAdvisor has warned subscribers to expect more spam following the theft of its member database.  The travel review and information website said that an unspecified vulnerability allowed miscreants to make off with a portion of its email database. TripAdvisor does not collect members’ credit card or financial information, and no passwords were obtained as a result of the breach.   TripAdvisor has promised to tighten up its security in the wake of the incident, which is under investigation internally….

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Hospitality Industry On Mission To Curb Cyberattacks

Posted March 16, 2011 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Compliance, Data Breach, Database Security, Hospitality, PCI with 0 comments
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Three major hospitality trade associations have banded together to warn hotels nationwide about the rise in cyberattacks on their industry and to spell out the specific security measures the establishments should take ASAP to protect credit and debit card data. The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), and Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), issued a rare joint statement that basically dispels the myth among some franchisees and smaller hospitality establishments that it’s up to…

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