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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday April 20, @01:22AM   Printer-friendly
from the another-day-another-breach dept.

The owner of the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotel brands has disclosed that payment card-stealing malware has struck about 1,200 of its franchisees' properties.

UK-based Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) said all but one of the locations affected were in the US, with the other being in Puerto Rico. Guests have been warned they could have had money stolen as a consequence. One expert said there might be further hotels affected.

Buckinghamshire-based IHG had previously reported in February that a dozen US hotels that it managed itself had been affected by the same attack. "Individuals should closely monitor their payment card account statements," a spokeswoman told the BBC following the latest discovery.

"If there are unauthorised charges, individuals should immediately notify their bank. "Payment card network rules generally state that cardholders are not responsible for such charges."

Other affected brands include Hotel Indigo and Candlewood Suites.

Better pack the tent next time.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @01:30AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @01:30AM (#496644)

    Holiday Inn IT nerds did it. The bosses heard a rumor about guests using hotel Wi-Fi without paying, and the PHBs ordered the IT dweebs to recover the revenue by any means necessary or pay the loss out of their own salaries.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @01:42AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @01:42AM (#496651)

    That's it, no more motels for me, I'm buying that class-B motor home now. Life on the road...in my own bed.

    What, you say all the gas stations have card skimmers installed in the pumps? Oh well, I guess I just stay home then.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @01:57AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @01:57AM (#496655)

      Or just book on Expedia and pay with Bitcoin. It's easy and fast and no one can steal your card.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @02:07AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @02:07AM (#496658)

        Pay with shitcoin? I'd rather be a luddite.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @03:14AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @03:14AM (#496670)

      Tents and buses have worked for me. Last trip I had to take, I called churches at my destination and asked if I could camp there for the night; only one had to say yes.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @07:07AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @07:07AM (#496726)

    It's their own fault for making people smrterer

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @10:01AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @10:01AM (#496771)

    Hotels like to photograph your drivers licence and write down your credit card number. Never allow this.

  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @03:56PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @03:56PM (#496902)

    You did include this in your Total Cost of Ownership calculations, didn't you?!

  • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Thursday April 20, @06:42PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) Subscriber Badge on Thursday April 20, @06:42PM (#496995) Journal

    Damn, I guess they should've hired an actual computer scientist instead of that dude who stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night!

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