Hackers Attacked Trump Hotels


Hackers had access to credit card details and other personal information of guests at 14 Trump properties in 2016 in a months-long security breach, Trump Hotels revealed on Tuesday (11 July). Following an investigation, Sabre notified us on June 5, 2017 that an unauthorised party gained access to account credentials that permitted access to payment card data and certain reservation information for some of our hotel reservations processed through Sabre's CRS.

"The privacy and protection of our guests' information is a matter we take very seriously", the notice said.

"We recommend that affected guests review the information in this letter for some steps they can take to protect themselves against potential misuse of their information". The Trump Hotels line, controlled by the president and his family, has fallen victim to a widespread data breach, which may have compromised everything from guests' names to their full credit-card information.

Trump International Hotels Management paid the state of NY over $50,000 in penalties previous year after failing to immediately notify guests that their personal information had been breached. Security journalist Brian Krebs broke the news of the Sabre breach back in May. The breach included names and Social Security numbers of more than 300 people. "The last access to this information was on March 9, 2017", Trump Hotels said.

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Within the past two weeks, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, Loews Hotels, Carlson Wagonlit Travel used by some Google employees (pdf) and now Trump Hotels started notifying customers of the data breach.

Earlier this year, the InterContinental Hotel Group said guests' credit card data had been compromised at more than 1,200 of its properties, including Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels, over a three month period. The news comes directly from the Trump Hotels website, which mentions that they have learned of an incident involving "unauthorized access to guest information associated with certain hotel reservations".

In May 2014, hackers installed malware created to swipe payment card information in the computer systems of seven Trump Hotels. "Well, because they're a good target", Peter W. Singer, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, told the Post. The incident did not affect the operation of the hotel network itself.