Payment cards of customers at InterContinental Hotels may have been compromised

29 December 2016

According to the latest reports one of the largest hotel chains InterContinental Hotels Group which includes over 5 thousand hotels worldwide, suffered data compromise and has launched an investigation into the possible security breach. A week ago Krebs on Security received some messages about the fraud pattern of payments made on plastic cards suggesting there may have been some data breach in some hotels of IHG.

It is reported that if the breach was real, it may have affected Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express. A spokesman for InterContinental Group made some comments saying that the group is very serious about the data protection, and after receiving reports on the fraudulent transactions taking place on some payment cards the group started partnering with leading computer security agencies and launched an investigation into the case.

Meantime the group advises customers to control their spending tracing their accounts and charges for some suspicious activity and report them immediately to their banks. Under the service terms of the payment card networks customers bear no responsibility for illegal charges on their cards.

Several months ago a range of hotels across the US experienced data breach during payments processed for food, drinks and other purchases including HEI Hotels & Resorts for Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt and InterContinental.

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