Crooks Target Hyatt Hotels with Credit Card Stealing Virus

The Chicago-based hotel chain, Hyatt, has discovered a virus in their payment processing system which is used to process payments to some of its hotel locations.

The company soon alerted its guests to check their credit card statements for any unauthorized payments and report it to the authorities immediately.

“As soon as Hyatt discovered the activity, the company launched an investigation and engaged leading third-party cybersecurity experts,” Hyatt wrote in a statement.

But, the investigators still don’t know about the hackers who compromised the hotel’s systems and their motives.

Study:

With Hyatt’s systems compromise, the recent study of Hotel chains having vulnerable systems is all but confirmed. Previously, hackers have compromised few of the world’s largest hotel chains like Donald Trump’s Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Mandarin Oriental, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Report frauds at the earliest

So, if you are a customer of the hotel, you should check your card statement as soon as possible as the card company will reverse any fraudulent payment made from your card and maximum liability you will have to bear will be $50 by law.

Hyatt has already started working on making its system more secure. In a statement the company said it: “has taken steps to strengthen the security of its systems” and for any update regarding the hack you may check out here.

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Pushpa Mishra

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