Donald Trump’s Luxury Hotels Investigating Possible Hack

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Update 04/05/16: Brian Krebs may have uncovered yet another data breach at the Trump Hotel Collection.

Krebs worked with three sources in the financial sector to piece together a pattern of consumer payment card fraud that may be tied to the some — if not all — of the properties in the luxury hotel group.

Trump Hotels is currently investigating these claims. If confirmed, this will be the second compromise of consumer credit card data in less than a year.

The first breach at the Trump Hotel Collections was confirmed in October 2015. Officials concluded malware was responsible for leaking payment card information to cybercriminals.

Guests who used their payment card at the Trump Hotel Collection in the past two to three months should take the prescribed protective measures below.

What happened?

The Trump Hotel Collection, a group of luxury hotels owned by famed real estate tycoon Donald Trump, acknowledged a possible data breach of customer payment card information on July 1, 2015.

Brian Krebs, the security expert credited with uncovering the Target data breach, first reported the Trump incident after corresponding with a variety of sources within the financial sector. These sources noticed a pattern of fraud from bank customers who used their payment cards at various Trump Hotel Collection locations, including Chicago, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

Eric Trump, executive vice president of development and acquisitions released a statement shortly after Krebs published his findings.

“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,” the statement reads. “We are committed to safeguarding all guests’ personal information and will continue to do so vigilantly.”

Despite the potential hack only recently coming to light, experts believe this breach may have begun in February 2015. This would account for almost five months of stolen credit card data.

What should you do?

If you may have been affected by this potential data breach, keep an eye on your bank statements for signs of fraudulent use or identity theft. Contact your financial institution immediately if you believe your information has been compromised. Remember, credit card companies will not hold customers liable for fraudulent charges as long as those fraudulent transactions are reported quickly.

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