Have you stayed at a Holiday Inn or Candlewood Suites property recently?
Last February, the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has confirmed a credit card breach had affected at least a dozen properties.
Turns out that number was gone. IHG has now it turns out that the cashier ‘ s approximately 1,200 of the properties were infected with malicious software.
The hotel conglomerate owner of the 5100 properties in different brands including Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Courtyard Hotels, Hotel Indigo, EVEN Hotels, and Candlewood Suites.
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“The research identified signs of the operation of malware designed to access payment card data from cards that used to be on the spot at the front desks at certain IHG-branded franchise hotel locations between September 29, 2016 December 29, 2016,” IHG said in a statement.
The malware is capable of collecting data acquired by the point-of-sale registers, including the name of the card holder, the card number, the expiration date and the internal control code read from the magnetic strip of the debit card.
@briankrebs There are 1175 properties on the list in their tools, at least. $(“#search-results, .property”).show() for the full list
— Christian Sonne (@ChristianSonne), 19 April 2017
IHG has published a state-by-state search tool, but has confirmed exactly how many total properties were affected.
However, a Twitter user counted 1,175 properties in the searchable database.
The IHG-branded franchise hotel locations that had installed the IHG Secure payment solutions (SPS) prior to the breach were reportedly not affected.
The company works closely with the payment card networks and the cyber security company to confirm that all the malware has been eradicated.
IHG is advising its customers to remain vigilant of any incidents of fraud or identity theft by a review of the bank statements and that the customers involved request a free credit report to catch any unusual acitivity.