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More Point-of-Sale Hotel Systems Breached: Hilton Compromised

Hilton is the latest victim in a line of hotel security breaches targeting point-of-sale systems.

In a statement released yesterday, Hilton Hotels confirmed that the company is the latest victim in what has been a seemingly endless line of hotel security breaches. An initial investigation began two months ago and found that point-of-sale systems at the hotel chain’s restaurants, gift shops and bars were affected.

The breach came in the form of malware designed to steal credit card numbers, expiration dates and security codes, Hilton said in a release, but not personal customer addresses or PINs were obtained.

The infiltration lasted for about 17 weeks, covering two specific spans of time, November 18 to December 5, 2014, and April 21 to July 27, 2015. Customers are encouraged to check their credit card statements to see if any unusual activity has occurred.

An FAQ by Hilton officials about the breach did not specify which hotels were affected, nor how many credit cards were affected. But, any past customer at the following hotels (the entire Hilton portfolio) should look into the matter further with their statements: Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.

Hilton is offering customers who may have been affected by the breach a complimentary year of credit monitoring through AllClear ID. The company says that as a result of the breach, security systems have been enhanced.

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