Breach Brief – InterContinental Hotels

Published On April 20, 2017 | By Tom Huskerson | Breach Briefs

InterContinental Hotels Group announced today that its hotel chain has been hit by malware resulting in a massive data breach. The hotel chain was infected by malware in its payments systems. The malware was designed to collect guest’s credit card data including name, card numbers, expiration dates and security codes. According to a hotel spokesperson, “Approximately 1,200 IHG-branded franchise hotel locations in the Americas were affected.”

According to KrebsOnSecurity.com the number may even be higher. The website originally reported the data breach in December. Krebs reports that IHG has not yet inspected all its properties some of which are franchises. IHG has been reaching out to franchised properties asking them participate in the investigation.

The data breach began in September 2016 and continued through to the end of December of last year. According to IHG there is no indication the malware was active after December 29th. However, it cannot verify that all the malware was removed until March.

To add insult to injury the hotel chain does not know how many customer were affected nor is it offering any help to those customers. The company is only saying that guests should “remain vigilant to the possibility of fraud” and urged customers to review their card statements.

In an email to TheVerge.com IHG stated that its investigation was ongoing and a “small percentage” of franchises haven’t participated. IHG says it has 3,925 hotels in the Americas. IHG owns the following hotel chains in the U.S.

If you have stayed in any of these hotels since September of last year there is a website where you can check to see if that hotel was affected. IHG plans to add additional locations to the list when its investigation is completed.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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