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Top Story: Hilton hit by credit card breach

Top Story: Hilton hit by credit card breach
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It was just earlier this week that we told about a data breach at Starwood hotels, which includes well-known chains such as Sheraton and Westin. Now, another major hotel chain has confirmed numerous reports that it's been the victim of a malware attack that put your credit card information at risk.

This attack lasted for months, including November and December last year. The attack resumed earlier this year.

But it was only yesterday that Hilton hotels confirmed that malware had been found on its POS systems. Those point-of-sales systems include cash registers, like those found at hotel registration desks, restaurants and stores.

Hilton hasn't said yet which POS systems were affected, or how many of its customers had their personal information breached. The data at risk did not include your address or PINs. However, it did include cardholders' names, card numbers, security codes and expiration dates.

In a statement, Hilton executives wrote: "Hilton Worldwide has identified and taken action to eradicate unauthorized malware that targeted payment card information in some point-of-sale systems." They also said the company took immediate action to improve its computer systems' security.

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