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Top Story: A major U.S. hotel chain hit by another data breach

Top Story: A major U.S. hotel chain hit by another data breach
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In the past year, data breaches at major hotel chains have become a major concern. Last November, it happened to Hilton and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, which own brands like Sheraton, Westin and Four Points.

In January, a breach at Hyatt Hotels exposed the credit card numbers, names and contact information of customers who'd made purchases in the restaurants and gift shops.

But, according to banking industry sources a popular luxury hotel chain has been targeted again, making this the second breach it's encountered in less than a year.

This past October, Trump Hotel Collection confirmed that its systems had been infected with malware that led to a data breach. The hotel chain owns many luxury properties in association with U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and is believed to have fallen victim to another breach.

Representatives of Trump Hotels have stated they're currently investigating the claims to determine the extent of the breach. In a written statement, they claimed, "We are committed to safeguarding all guests' personal information and will continue to do so vigilantly."

Speculation over the most recent breach began when three major sources in the financial industry began reporting fraudulent card activity. The pattern identified a link and found that several of the fraud victims had visited the hotel chain, which led these sources to believe the chain had been hacked.

Currently, it's unknown how widespread the data breach is and how much data may have been compromised. However, Trump Hotels includes more than a dozen properties all over the world, and the pattern identified by the financial sector sources seem to suggest that the breach impacted multiple locations.

As the past year has shown, Trump Hotels is not the only chain that is vulnerable to cyberattacks. It's a growing problem for all major corporations that are struggling to keep up with the ever-changing demands of cybersecurity.

However, this past year alone should serve as a major wake-up call for all of the big-name brands. Due to the credit card numbers and personal information these businesses store from their customers, hackers are turning their attention to these new larger targets. Poor security practices within any major company puts everyone at risk.

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