INDIANAPOLIS – First it was Target, then Neiman Marcus and Michaels. Now some hotels are learning that their credit and debit card systems have been compromised.
An Indiana hotel management group now says they’ve been hacked. The Marriott in downtown Indianapolis is on the list of targeted properties.
All customers aren’t at risk, only those who swiped their cards at specific locations inside the hotel.
White Lodging Services, the management company, said they are investigating along with federal authorities.
White Lodging Services said someone compromised the payment system at food and beverage locations inside the hotel, stealing card data from March 20th through December 16, 2013.
Luckily, the hackers didn’t get into the front desk’s reservation system.
White Lodging runs ten hotels in the Indianapolis metro area, the downtown Marriott is the only one affected locally.
Still news of another data breach is troubling for many people.
“There is a sense of insecurity and a vulnerability,” said Ray Snyder.
Snyder said he checks his online accounts more often and monitors his credit, because now retailers can’t be trusted.
“It’s going to be an ongoing battle, escalating, that I don’t really see an end to,” he said.
White Lodging released a statement Monday on the data breach, promising credit monitoring to affected cardholders and apologizing for the incident. You can find that statement here.
Fourteen White Lodging Services hotels were hit, including the downtown Marriott in Indianapolis, as well as the downtown Marriott in Louisville, Kentucky.