ABC News reports on a data security breach that exposed hotel and resort guests’ private credit card data:
Destination Hotels & Resorts had its computer system hacked and the credit card data of more than 700 guests across the country was stolen, according to Austin, Texas, police.
The Englewood, Colo., company manages more than 30 upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers in places such as Washington, D.C., Denver , San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Colo., Los Angeles , Palm Springs, Calif., Houston and Lake Tahoe.
In Austin, more than three dozen guests and diners at the posh Driskill Hotel had their data stolen after spending a night there or eating at the hotel’s two restaurants.
The police said the security hole has been fixed but that the unknown criminals had access to the data for months. […]
The stolen numbers were then being used overseas, mostly in Europe, [police] told ABC News. […]
Austin Police learned of the data breach from both customers who noticed odd charges on their statements and from the banks that had issued the cards and noticed unusual patterns.