Trump Hotel customer details stolen in latest Sabre hacking debacle

The unauthorized party in this data breach accessed payment card information for certain hotel reservations and, in some cases, guest contact information.

The breach targeted Sabre Hospitality Solutions, the service the Trump Hotels use for booking reservations.

According to a statement released on the luxury chain's website, hackers managed to access the names, addresses and phone numbers as well as payment card numbers, card expiration dates and possibly card security codes of guests who stayed at Trump hotels between 10 August 2016 and 9 March 2017. Following an investigation, Sabre notified us on June 5, 2017 that an unauthorised party gained access to account credentials that permitted access to payment card data and certain reservation information for some of our hotel reservations processed through Sabre's CRS. However, Trump Hotels says that the hacker (s) didn't get driver's license numbers, Social Security numbers, or passport info.

Trump Hotels issued a statement to notify customers its own systems were not compromised by the hack.

Following that attack, Trump Hotel Collection removed the malware that infected its point-of-sale terminals and was reconfiguring its network to make it more secure, the company said.

This isn't the first time Trump Hotels' guests have been hit by a months-long data breach.

Trump International Hotels Management paid the state of NY over $50,000 in penalties past year after failing to immediately notify guests that their personal information had been breached.

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Some customers had their personal information taken from several Trump Hotel locations.

Trump Hotels could not be immediately reached for comment.

Cybercriminals didn't directly hack the Trump Hotels' systems, but rather the reservation scheduling service it employs.

Earlier this year, the InterContinental Hotel Group said guests' credit card data had been compromised at more than 1,200 of its properties, including Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels, over a three month period. This was the third involving the hotel chain since May 2015.

Trump Hotels did not mention in its notice how many guests were affected in the cybersecurity attack.

ProPublica and Gizmodo found that a number of Trump properties, including the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida - where the president regularly spends his weekends, and he has hosted foreign heads of state - had less-than-secure wireless networks.

  • Ronnie Bowen