Donald Trump Hotels Data Breach Incident Confirmed

In a previous article, we brought you news of Trump Hotels being breached by hackers.  To update,  we can now report that Trump Hotels have accepted and confirmed a breach did take place.

During May 2014- June 2015, 7 of the hotels in the Trump Hotels group (owned by US Presidential candidate Donald Trump) suffered a data breach that affected many of its customers.

The hotels that were affected were Trump International New York, Trump International Chicago, Trump International Waikiki, Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas, Trump International Toronto, Trump SoHo New York, and Trump National Doral.

As informed by the Trump Hotels, all users’ credit card information was leaked, including account numbers, security codes and expiration date. Also exposed, were the first & last names of customers staying at Waikiki and Las Vegas properties.

A customer representative notice states:

We recommend that you contact the financial institution that issued your credit or debit card at the number listed on the back of the card. We do not store credit or debit card numbers of our customers. We believe that the malware may have accessed payment card information in real-time as it was being inputted into our systems.”

This confirms that malware contamination at the Point-of-sale enabled hackers to commit the crime and steal credit card information secretly, in real-time and  without the customers even knowing it.

Immediately after the incident, Trump Hotels informed authorities, hired an independent forensic investigator and have also offered its customers (those that stayed between May 19, 2014 and June 2, 2015) fraud resolution and other services for one year free of charge.  

 

In the past, Donald Trump had his Twitter account hacked by someone who left tweets based on Lil Wayne’s song,

“These hoes think they classy, well that’s the class I’m skippen”.

The Donald Trump organization’s official website Trump.com was also attacked by hackers who left a message in which Jon Stewart was praised vehemently as he bids farewell to The Daily Show.

 

Ryan De Souza

Ryan is a London-based member of the HackRead’s Editorial team. A graduate of Maths and physics with a passion for geopolitics and human rights. Ryan places integrity at the pinnacle of successful journalism and believes this is somewhat lacking in traditional media. Ryan is an educator who balances his time between family, social activism and humanitarian causes and his vice is Football and cars.