Hilton payment systems infected with malware
Operator advises affected customers to check their bank statements
Hotel operator Hilton has been affected by a piece of malware in its payment systems that managed to glean customer information from payment cards, it has been widely reported.
Hilton admitted on Tuesday that it had identified the malware, which targeted customer data through the firm's payment systems. Data such as cardholder names, security codes and card numbers, as well as expiration dates, were leaked. And while the malware failed to gain access to card PIN codes, the information would enable the malware's authors to make online purchases using victims' card information.
According to Reuters, Hilton said that customers were only affected during two periods - November 18 to December 5, 2014, and April 21 to July 27, 2015. The hotel chain advised anyone who used its payment systems during this period to check their bank statements. It did not say how many cards would have been affected by the malware.
This is the latest attack by cyber-criminals on a large hotel chain. Last week, Starwood Hotels was forced to admit that more than 50 of its hotels in North America had been affected by malware. That piece of malware also targeted customer data through sales systems.