Donald Trump’s hotel organization has been hacked, falling prey to a credit data breach, reports journalist Brian Krebs on his blog Krebs on Security.
The hotel chain, owned by the billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump who recently announced his candidacy for presidency, was the victim of fraudulent debt and credit card charges used at Trump Hotel property.
A pattern of stolen user credentials have been used since at least February. Properties in Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, Honolulu, Los Angeles and New York have been affected by the breach, as reported by Fortune.
Trump, who announced his presidential candidacy two weeks ago, is the owner of the Trump Hotel Collection, a hotel management company with 5-star hotel properties in several cities – including New York City, Chicago and Las Vegas – under its umbrella.
Speaking about the latest breach, company’s executive vice present of development and acquisition Eric Trump said in a statement, “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. We are committed to safeguarding all guests’ personal information and will continue to do so vigilantly,” according to Business Insider.
Retail chains like Target and Home Depot have reported credit card breaches in the last couple of years. White Lodging, a hotel franchise, said that it had experienced a second breach in 12 months in its card processing systems at several of its locations. In March, global hotel chain Mandarin Oriental reported that a credit card breach had affected its hotels.
With several reports of credit card breaches surfacing, banks are issuing credit cards with chips – than magnetic strips – which are more difficult to break into.
After Trump’s controversial and insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants, Univision terminated its contract with the Miss Universe Organization and refused to air Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. NBC Universal also cut its ties with the business magnate by announcing that it will not broadcast the pageant and removing him from the show “The Apprentice.”
Mexico decided to withdraw its candidate from the Miss USA contest. Macy’s expressed its disapproval at Trump’s remarks and said it will not feature his menswear collection in its stores.
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