Friday, September 23, 2016

Trump Hotels Settle Over Data Breach

Customer credit and debit card numbers had been stolen at seven Trump hotels after its payment systems were hacked for nearly a year.

The Trump Hotel Collection says on its website that hackers gained access to its payment systems between May 2014 and June 2015 at the front desk of those hotels. Hotel restaurants and gift shops were also hacked.

Potential thefts occurred at the Trump SoHo New York, Trump International New York, Trump National Doral in Miami, Trump International Chicago, Trump International Waikiki in Hawaii, Trump International Hotel and Tower Las Vegas, and Trump International Toronto.

Following the initial identity theft in 2015, Trump’s hotels never implemented the cybersecurity plan they were given to prevent a second attack. As a result, Trump’s hotels and some of his condo properties were hacked again less than a year later. When banks alerted the company to the second hack in March, Trump Hotel Collection waited three more months before telling potential victims about the second hack.

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is Chairman and President of Trump Hotel and three of his children have Executive roles.

New York's Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, has announced a settlement with Trump Hotel Collection, saying the company has agreed to pay $50,000 and shore up data security after breaches exposed more than 70,000 credit card numbers and other personal data.

The Attorney General's office says Friday that in May 2015 multiple banks analyzed hundreds of fraudulent credit card transactions and determined the hotel group was the one of the last merchant attacked.

Authorities say the company knew by June 2015 that the above hotels had been compromised, but didn't notify customers for four months.

Trump has built his Presidential Campaign on the idea that his self-proclaimed skill as a manager and a negotiator will translate into an ability to manage the United States Government and its more than 2 million employees. He also paints himself as the only candidate who will “make America safe again,” a slogan that recently helped Trump to win the endorsement of the National Fraternal Order of Police.

The real estate mogul asks voters to evaluate him based on his management style, his “excellent temperament” and how his businesses are run. But the handling of cyber theft at Trump’s hotels offers a window into his apparent willingness to compromise the financial security of his customers to make sure his luxury hotels save money or save face.

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