Hackers may have had access to resort's credit card system for eight months
The financial information of guests at Callaway Gardens was stolen by thieves who implanted malware on the Pine Mountain, Ga. resort's credit and debit card systems.
How many victims? Unknown.
What type of personal information? No specifics have been given in terms of what kind of financial data was accessed.
What happened? On Thursday, a credit card processing company notified Callaway Gardens, as well as a number of other companies that it services, of suspicious transactions involving guests. It's unclear if all of the companies were compromised by the same malware, but the victim organizations were identified because thieves made fraudulent purchases at common locations.
What was the response? Callaway Gardens notified guests via email and social networking sites. Additionally, the company alerted the major card brands and credit reporting agencies.
Details: According to a Callaway Gardens spokeswoman, the breach started in early September.
Quote: “In our team's immediate investigation, fraudulent malware was detected, contained and removed,” Barry Morgan, CFO of Callaway Gardens, said.
Source: www.ledger-enquirer.com, Ledger-Enquirer, “Callaway Gardens credit, debit card records breached” May 25, 2013.