Infosecurity Magazine: Trump Hotels Hit With Third Data Breach in Three Years

July 12, 2017 — Trump Hotels Hit With Third Data Breach in Three Years

Guests at 14 Trump properties across the US and parts of Canada have had their credit card information exposed for the third time in as many years. NuData comments.

A letter posted on the Trump Hotels corporate website explained that the chain is the latest victim of the hackers that broke into the Sabre SynXis Central Reservations System, which facilitates the booking of hotel reservations made by consumers through hotels, online travel agencies and similar booking services.

In the notice, the Trump organization said that the last access to consumer information at the affected properties was on March 9. The unauthorized party was able to access payment card information including cardholder name, payment card number, card expiration date, and potentially card security codes. In some cases, the unauthorized party also was able to access guest name, email, phone number, address and other information.

Lisa Baergen, director at NuData Security, told us that the impact of the situation goes far beyond the stolen credit card numbers.

“Whenever personally identifiable information (PII) is compromised by a third-party provider, such as Sabre, the looted consumer data can be made available to be cross-correlated with details from a plethora of other breaches and social platforms to create comprehensive digital identities,” she said. “These full packages of identity information are more valuable to hackers, rendering the potential victims susceptible to fraud, identity theft, account takeovers. And for the brands themselves, likely that these impacted consumers will be potentially less loyal to their brands of choice.”

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