Reports suggest Trump Hotel chain credit card breach

The Trump Hotel Collection appears to be the latest victim of a credit card breach, according to data shared by several U.S.-based banks. Sources at several banks have traced a pattern of fraudulent debit and credit card charges to accounts that had all been used at Trump hotels.

Properties in several U.S. locations, including Chicago, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York, are dealing with a card breach that appears to extend back to at least February 2015, reports Krebs on Security.

The Trump Organization just acknowledged the issue with a brief statement from Eric Trump, executive vice president of development and acquisitions.
“Like 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,” he said. “We are committed to safeguarding all guests’ personal information and will continue to do so vigilantly.”

As of October of this year, merchants are required to have new point-of-sale card scanning technology capable of working with more secure chip-based cards. Because the authentication is tied to a chip the newer cards are more difficult to clone and therefore more secure. Merchants that fail to switch to the new systems will be held responsible for fraudulent activity that results from a breach like this, according to CSO Online.

Global hotel chain Mandarin Oriental confirmed in March that its hotels had been affected by a credit card breach earlier this year. The following month, White Lodging said that its card-processing system at several of its locations were breached for the second time in 12 months.

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