It hasn't been a great year for hotel security. In November, major chains Starwood and Hilton both disclosed major data breaches in their payment systems, the Trump Hotel Collection was hacked over the summer and several smaller hotels and resorts reported breaches as well.
Now Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that it discovered malware on its payment processing computers, and that customer payment information may have been stolen. It hasn't give details yet on how many customers or how long the breach lasted.
Hyatt is quick to say that it fixed the problem and that it's safe to use your card at Hyatt hotels. It recommends that customers keep an eye on their bank statements to spot fraudulent activity, and keep checking for more information at http://www.hyatt.com/protectingourcustomers/.
This just proves again how vulnerable payment systems are to hacking. Most of the major retailer data breaches of the past two years have been from data-stealing viruses in the payment processing computers. Find out how retailers and banks are working to solve this problem, and why the solution might already be in your wallet or purse.