Hilton Worldwide has become the latest victim of a cyber attack with hackers obtaining sensitive credit card information of former guests. The data breach comes just days after Starwood Hotels, which operates the Sheraton and Westin chains, said hackers had infected payment systems in some of its establishments, potentially leaking customer credit card data.
The company has advised anyone who used payment cards at Hilton Worldwide hotels from November 18 to December 5 last year or April 21 to July 27 this year to look for irregular activity on credit or debit card accounts.
The hotel chain, which owns 4,500 hotels globally has worked closely with third-party forensics experts, law enforcement and payment card companies on the investigation, and determined that specific payment card information was targeted by the malware. This information includes cardholder names, payment card numbers, security codes and expiration dates, but no addresses or personal identification numbers (PINs). It is not yet known how many could be affected by the hack.
“Hilton Worldwide is strongly committed to protecting customers’ payment card information, and we sincerely regret any inconvenience this may have caused customers,” the company said in a statement.