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Tuesday 25.07.2017 | Name days: Jēkabs, Žaklīna

Hotels and restaurants – new targets for hackers

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFor some time now, cyber criminals have targeting the public catering and hotel sectors. Hacker attacks and data security breaches have been reported by multiple client service institutions, including Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

At the end of June, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas released a statement, saying that its payment card processing system was illegally accessed by some third party in the period between 27 October 2015 and 21 March 2016.

The announcement mentioned that cyber criminals had managed to steal the hotel clients’ payment card data (names, surnames, card numbers, expiry dates and security codes).

«Payment card data is one of the juiciest targets for hackers – once they get their hands on this data, they can empty thousands of bank accounts. There have also been cases when criminals were using other people’s payment cards by stealing small amounts of money to make sure owners of those cards would not notice anything,» – explains regional manager of eScan anti-virus software distributor Baltimax Sergei Romanovskis.

While Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is busy solving its problems, victims are recommended turning to their banks. One of the biggest fast food service providers in USA – Wendy’s – has become a victim of hacker attacks – more than 1,000 of the restaurant’s points of sales have been infected with malicious software that steals clients’ credit and debit card data.

Wendy’s representatives allow that hackers may have accessed their network using third party access data. eScan security experts note that companies can avoid similar incidents by limiting the user rights for those suppliers who can access company network. Another way to reduce hacking incidents is to ask users to create complicated access passwords and establish additional identification measures.

«Users who often perform card transactions are recommended to carefully inspect their accounts and immediately inform their bank if they find any inconsistencies with any transactions,» – Romanovskis recommends.

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