Servers processing credit card payments at Hyatt Hotels located worldwide are hit by a malware and this was officially announced by a spokesperson from the American group of hotels early this week. In the statement, the Hyatt Hotels has asked its customers to review their payment card account statement closely, and if anything found suspicious, asked them to report to their card company.
It is estimated that around 12k customers were hit by the breach, and the hackers who took on the payment processing system were able to obtain critical credit card info.
In November this year, Hilton Hotels reported a similar credit card fraud in his payment processing systems. The company revealed that hackers succeeded in taking down its payment processing systems in between late 2014 and early 2015 and gained access to personal details like cardholders name, payment card numbers, security codes, and expiration dates.
Therefore, the hotel chain has requested all its customers to check for their payment card statements for any unauthorized activity. The hotel head as a precautionary measure, said that customers may wish to review and monitor their payment card statements if they used a payment card at a Hilton Worldwide hotels from Nov. 18 to Dec. 5, 2014 or April 21 to July 27, 2015.
Hyatt Hotels IT department recently identified malware on its servers and launched an investigation through third part cyber security experts. In that analysis it was revealed that hackers have succeeded in taking down its payment processing systems sometime ago and may have got vital info from the leak.
Hyatt said it had taken measures to “strengthen” the security of its systems and customers could feel safe to use payment cards in Hyatt hotels worldwide. The hotel chain had 627 properties in 52 countries and the hack could have affected any of the customers who paid for the services at these locations.
Therefore, all those stolen details can be used by cyber criminals for shopping purposes at any point of time in this year or next year. Therefore, better be cautious and keep an eye on the transactions which are taking place via your credit card for the next 18 months. Changing your credit card PIN under these circumstances makes complete sense as well.
So, beware guys!