Security & Fraud

Trump Hotels Reportedly Breached

Will there be a wall to keep out the data breaches?

Amid primaries and nonstop media coverage, one Trump is proving victim to cyberattacks, perhaps, and that is the Trump Hotel Collection, a portfolio of luxury locations.

Krebs on Security reported that the hotel properties may be “dealing with another breach of its credit card systems,” citing banking industry sources. This, the site said, would be the second breach in less than a year. As was reported last summer, a series of banks suspected a breach occurred at a number of Trump properties; it was later confirmed in Oct. 2015 to have been a breach that utilized malware.

This time around, three sources spoke to Krebs on Security and said that there have been patterns of fraud noticed across credit card systems that could, in fact, have touched all of the aforementioned properties, which number more than a dozen. The fraud seemingly involved cards used across several properties, such as the Trump International Hotel, which is based in New York, the Trump Hotel Waikiki, which is located in Honolulu, and the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto.

In response to the site’s queries, a Trump representative said the firm is in the midst of investigating the latest claims.

A favorite target in the hospitality industry — when it comes to data breaches — is the local gift shop or restaurant.

In remarks published in The New York Times last month, Trump stated: “We’re so obsolete in cyber. We’re the ones that, sort of, were very much involved with the creation, but we’re so obsolete.”



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