Hilton Hotels is investigating a possible data breach that may have affected customers of its hotels and franchise properties.
According to cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs, who first reported the possible hack attack, Hilton customers who used a credit card to purchase items at a gift shop, restaurant, coffee bar or other store at a Hilton property, including the Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Hampton Inn and Suites, and the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, between April 21 and July 27 could be affected by the breach. It’s possible the breach started as early as November 2014.
Krebs said Visa alerted financial institutions of the data breach along with compromised card numbers. Although Visa didn’t specifically name Hilton as the breached entity, five banks determined that Hilton was the one commonality between the affected cards.
Though the Hilton has yet to confirm the data breach, it is looking into the matter.
“Hilton Worldwide is strongly committed to protecting our customers’ credit card information” the company said in a written statement. “We have many systems in place and work with some of the top experts in the field to address data security. Unfortunately the possibility of fraudulent credit card activity is all too common for every company in today’s marketplace. We take any potential issue very seriously, and we are looking into this matter.”
If you think your credit card information may have been compromised in the Hilton data breach, here’s what you can do to protect yourself:
- Look over your credit card statements for suspicious activity or fraudulent charges. Continue to monitor your statements thoroughly.
- Be on the lookout for suspicious email or phone calls, especially if they’re asking you for sensitive, personal information.
- Immediately report any potential fraudulent activity. This may include calls to your bank, creditor and credit bureaus.
Check out “10 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft.”
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