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Major data breach at hotel chain

It's been a few weeks since we've had reports of a major data breach, so we were due for one. And right on schedule comes the news that more than 50 Starwood Hotels and Resorts have been compromised.

If the name isn't familiar, Starwood owns and operates the Sheraton, Westin, Four Points, W Hotels and other high-end chains, along with several standalone resorts like the Phoenician in our backyard of Scottsdale, Arizona. So, how bad is the breach?

According to Starwood, the breach was due to malware-infected POS systems in associated restaurants and gift shops. It claims that guest registration systems weren't compromised, and it has since cleared out the infection.

Still, that leaves customer names, credit card information and other payment information exposed for a number of people; the exact number isn't clear yet. We do know that the breaches at some locations extend as far back as November 2014 and went as late at June 2015.

Next page: The affected hotels, and another bigger breach on the horizon
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