Trump Hotels Payment Card System Hacked, Customer Data at Risk

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is making plenty of people mad with his bold comments in the presidential race. Now, some of his customers may be upset for a different reason: a credit card breach at his Trump Hotel Collection.

It started with reports from U.S. banks that discovered a pattern of fraudulent debit and credit card transactions that had one common denominator: the cards were used at Trump luxury hotel properties around the country.

EULike virtually every other company these days, we have been alerted to potential suspicious credit card activity and are in the midst of a thorough investigation to determine whether it involves any of our properties,EU said Eric Trump, executive vice president of development and acquisitions at Trump Organization. EUWe are committed to safeguarding all guestsEU personal information and will continue to do so vigilantly.EU

But things weren't going so well for Trump even before this news. For example, on Monday, NBCUniversal fired Trump from "The Apprentice" because of his racist comments about Mexican immigrants. Then, on Wednesday, Macy's said it was removing Trump's menswear collection from its stores.

High Value Data

We asked Ken Westin, senior security analyst for advanced threat detection firm Tripwire, for his thoughts on the breach. Much like many of the other breaches we have seen targeting the retail and hospitality, this is not an attack that targeted a single hotel or store, he told us.

EUInstead, this was the result of a larger, more sophisticated and orchestrated attack. When a larger group of organizations appear to be involved, it usually indicates that the breach took advantage of shared network resources or applications,EU Westin said. EUMany organizations share backend systems and payment gateways to reduce costs and increase operational efficiency, and the data on these shared systems are a very high value target for attackers.EU

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