Hotel Beacon payment card processing systems compromised

Hotel Beacon in New York City is notifying an undisclosed number of individuals that the security of its payment card processing systems was compromised by a third-party intruder.

How many victims? Undisclosed.

What type of personal information? Names, card numbers, expiration dates and CVV numbers.

What happened? The security of Hotel Beacon's payment card processing systems was compromised by a third-party intruder.

What was the response? The affected hardware has been replaced. Hotel Beacon retained forensics experts and an investigation is ongoing. Steps are being taken to prevent a similar incident from occurring. All potentially impacted individuals are being notified, and offered a free year of credit monitoring and identity restoration services. 

Details: Hotel Beacon confirmed the incident occurred on March 25. Guests who used their payment cards for lodging between Jan. 8 and March 25 may have been affected. There were 141 guests whose stay was not during the affected time frame, but they were impacted due to their information being stored by the hotel.

Quote: “Hotel Beacon has replaced the affected server and continues to monitor its payment card processing environment for any signs of unauthorized access,” a notification letter from last month said.

Source: doj.nh.gov, “Notice of Data Event,” May 19, 2015.

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