Anyone who visits Las Vegas is prepared to lose a few bucks at the Black Jack tables or slot machines. But, recent visitors may have lost more money than they bargained for if they happened to visit Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. That's because the hotel was hit by malware that stole customer credit card information and other sensitive data.
The hotel's website now has a small warning at the top that reads "DATA SECURITY INCIDENT". For the past seven months, the Hard Rock's point of sale systems were infected by malware capable of stealing unencrypted data.
The information stolen by the hackers includes the names of cardholders, credit and debit card numbers and CVV codes. PIN codes were not included in the information exposed.
The hotel found out about the breach in April, and the FBI is currently investigating the case.
It's unclear how much data was actually stolen in the hack, but 173,000 unique cards were used during the attack's time frame. The hotel is going to try to notify affected customers.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is offering one year of free fraud resolution and identity theft protection to affected customers. To find out more about you can take advantage of these services, take a look at Hard Rock's official statement.
Identity thieves can sit on stolen information for a year or more before using it. If you think your information could have been stolen, you need to contact your financial institutions right away to cancel affected cards. I also suggest purchasing long-term identity theft protection.