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Hackers Blow Trump Hotels Wide Open

13 July 2017

The Trump hotel in Toronto is one of 14 Trump properties impacted by a security breach involving guest information, including payment card data. The massive breach saw hackers break into the Sabre's SynXis Central Reservation system (CRS), used by Trump Hotels and about 500 other companies for centralised guest bookings.

The luxury hotel chain says it was notified early last month that an unauthorized party had gained access to data for some of its reservations between August 10, 2016, and March 9 of this year.

For patrons of the Toronto property, the breach impacted guests who booked between November 18 and November 21, 2016. "Information such as Social Security, passport, and driver's license number was not accessed".

The hotel says it apologizes for the inconvenience and urges anyone who made reservations during those times to monitor their accounts for unauthorized activity and contact law enforcement if necessary.

"The privacy and protection of our guests' information is a matter we take very seriously, and we recommend that affected guests review the information in this letter for some steps they can take to protect themselves against potential misuse of their information", the statement added.

Trump Hotels was among the numerous hospitality firms affected by the Sabre Hospitality Solutions data breach.

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The statement continued: "We are working with Sabre to address this issue". The Trump company waited at least a week before passing along word of the breach to its customers.

Because Sabre SynXis handles reservations for a variety of other hotel chains, Trump's properties are not the only ones affected. That mistake resulted in Trump Hotels paying $50,000 in penalties in September 2016 as it resulted in the payment card information for more than 70,000 guests being exposed.

Trump hotel properties were first breached in May 2014, when hackers installed malicious software on the hotel's networks to scoop up credit card information from guests, an investigation conducted by the attorney general of NY discovered. It's the third time in three years that a credit card scam has affected customers of Trump hotels, the Washington Post reported.

The Post additionally pointed to a ProPublica investigation that found numerous inefficiencies in the wireless networks of several of Trump's properties, including his prized Mar-a-Lago resort.

If you've recently stayed in a Trump hotel you may want to check your credit card statement for fraudulent charges.

Still, that is better than when Trump Hotels learned of a May 2014 breach in June 2015, but did not notify guests until four months later.

Hackers Blow Trump Hotels Wide Open