Seriously, Are Credit Cards Safe Anywhere? Hotels Appear to Be Latest Victims of Data Breach.

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Dustin Volz
Jan. 31, 2014, 12:36 p.m.

The data breaches just keep com­ing, and now it looks it might not even be safe to use your plastic to pur­chase a good night’s rest at an up­scale hotel.

White Lodging Ser­vices Corp., an In­di­ana-based man­age­ment com­pany that over­sees block­buster hotel chains, in­clud­ing the Hilton, Mar­ri­ott, Sheraton, and West­in, ap­pears to be the latest vic­tim to suf­fer a theft of cus­tom­er cred­it and deb­it card data, cy­ber­se­cur­ity blog­ger Bri­an Krebs re­por­ted Fri­day.

Sources in the bank­ing in­dustry have told Krebs that a “pat­tern of fraud” began ap­pear­ing in March on hun­dreds of cards used at Mar­ri­ott es­tab­lish­ments. White Lodging ac­know­ledged an in­vest­ig­a­tion is on­go­ing and said it will provide ad­di­tion­al in­form­a­tion as soon as it’s avail­able.

The breach ap­pears to have hit those who used their cards at res­taur­ants, gift shops, and oth­er places with­in the ho­tels in ques­tion and, not­ably, not the “front-desk com­puters which handle guests check­ing in and out.”

Krebs, a former Wash­ing­ton Post re­port­er, has largely been re­spons­ible for un­cov­er­ing the massive data breaches re­por­ted in re­cent months at na­tion­al re­tail gi­ants Tar­get, Nei­man Mar­cus, and Mi­chael Stores.