The smoke still hasn't cleared from the security breach at Hyatt Hotels that happened about a month ago. Except, now we're beginning to realize just how much information was compromised.
In case you've forgotten, last December the hotel chain reported the discovery of malware within its payment processing system. And, just recently, officials of the hotel chain confirmed that the malware gained access to a great deal of customer's private information.
Credit card numbers, including expiration dates and security codes, were just some of the pieces of information this malware was capable of collecting. It could also collect customer names and contact information.
The majority of the compromised cards was used by customers in restaurants and gift shops within the hotel chain. However, some were also used as payment for the hotel stay in general.
Regardless, anyone who has stayed at a Hyatt hotel within the past several months should check out this site, where you can search to see if your location was impacted. And if it was, take all of the steps necessary to protect yourself from identity theft and fraud.
If you find that your information might have been compromised and aren't sure what to do, here are some suggestions:
- Closely monitor your credit report, and watch for suspicious activity
- Cancel your credit cards, and review your statements for unauthorized transactions
- Change your passwords for all of your logins
- Watch out for email phishing scams, strange mail and phone scams