Dozens of Holiday Inn, IHG hotels across country affected by data breach

Paterniano Del Favero
Aprile 20, 2017

Other IHG-branded hotels include Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, Even, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, Hualuxe, InterContinental, Kimpton Hotels and Resorts and Staybridge Suites.

The breach started at the end of September 2016 and continued to the end of December 2016, according to IHG.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has released data disclosing how malware was used to steal customer payment card details from around 1,200 of its franchised properties.

In February, when IHG first acknowledged the hack, it claimed just 12 of its properties were affected.

Approximately 1,200 franchise hotel locations in the Americas were affected, he said. Investment Centers of America Inc. increased its stake in InterContinental Hotels Group PLC by 138.6% in the second quarter.

"We regret any inconvenience this may have caused", it adds.

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IHG finally reported the findings from an investigation into a breach of the company's payment systems.

"Best American Hospitality Corp. has been working with Kroll Cyber Security, LLC to review its security measures, confirm that this issue has been remediated, and evaluate ways to enhance Best American Hospitality Corp.'s security measures", the company added. Compromised information likely includes cardholder name, card number, expiration date and internal verification code.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the company.

In a statement IHG said: "IHG hired a leading cyber security firm on behalf of franchisees to coordinate an examination of the payment card processing systems of franchise hotel locations in the Americas region". And it isn't now offering help to those who are affected, either. Legally speaking, debit card users have no such guarantees - that's why many identity theft experts recommend never paying with a debit card - although many banks will cover such losses.

IHG hasn't revealed the exact number of hotels that were affected by the breach. The company said the malware was not eliminated from their systems until February or March 2017, but there is no evidence of unauthorized access to payment card data after December 29, 2016.

On Friday, IHG confirmed the malware was more widespread, affecting hundreds of properties.

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