The newest victim to fall to a high-profile data breach is Los Angeles’ iconic Westin Bonaventure hotel, which said that hackers penetrated its point-of-sale system and could have swiped credit card data and other customer information. eSecurityPlanet has the story.
It’s the most recent incident of a potential data theft hitting the hotel sector, and the latest in the surging number of cyber attacks impacting businesses worldwide, who are fighting a costly battle against hackers and data loss. Despite their efforts, however, a vast majority of businesses have still fallen prey to some sort of cyber attack.
Travelers who checked in to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles between April and December last year are being advised to review their credit card statements and credit reports this week after hotel officials warned of yet another security breach.
The hotel’s point-of-sale system (POS) for processing debit and credit card transactions “may have been illegally accessed by an outside hacker,” hotel officials said in a statement, adding that they are working with law enforcement agencies and major credit card companies to investigate the likely breach.