Did you visit restaurants an bars at any of the properties listed below last year? If so, you might want to keep an eye on your accounts.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced on Friday that malware was discovered on the servers at 12 of its hotels in North America. Travelers who used cards at the restaurants and bars listed below between August and December of 2016 should stay alert to fraudulent charges on their accounts.
- Sevens Bar & Grill (Crowne Plaza San Jose-Silicon Valley)
- Bristol Bar & Grille (Holiday Inn San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf)
- Mari Los Angeles (InterContinental Los Angeles Century City)
- Knob Hill Club (InterContinental Mark Hopkins - San Francisco)
- Luce (InterContinental San Francisco)
- Southern Art Restaurant (InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta)
- Michael Jordan’s Steak House & Bar; Center Court (nterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile)
- Cafe Du Parc (InterContinental The Willard - Washington DC)
- Sea Breeze Restaurant & Bar; Oceanside Bar & Grill; Da Vinci Ristorante; Corals Restaurant; Pizza Now! (Holiday Inn Resort – Aruba)
- Signatures Restaurant (InterContinental Toronto Yorkville)
- Trattoria Italiana; Caio Mediterranean; Akua; La Bodeguita (InterContinental San Juan Resort & Casino)
- Restaurant at former Holiday Inn Nashville Airport (Holiday Inn Nashville Airport)
The company has reported that the malware searched for information such as cardholder name, card number, expiration date, and verification code. Data was taken from the card's magnetic stripe of a card as it was sent through the infected server.
Data breaches seem to be commonplace today and it's good to always be vigilant about monitoring your accounts, your credit reports and taking steps to minimize your exposure to data fraud, malware and hackers. Here are some resources that may help:
IHG has published the following tips for travelers who believe they may have been affected by this data breach:
We recommend that you remain vigilant for incidents of fraud or identity theft by reviewing your account statements and free credit reports for any unauthorized activity. You may obtain a copy of your credit report, free of charge, once every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit reporting companies. To order your annual free credit report, please visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll free at 1-877-322-8228. Contact information for the three nationwide credit reporting companies is as follows:
Equifax, PO Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374, www.equifax.com, 1-800-685-1111
Experian, PO Box 2002, Allen, TX 75013, www.experian.com, 1-888-397-3742
TransUnion, PO Box 2000, Chester, PA 19016, www.transunion.com, 1-800-916-8800
If you believe you are the victim of identity theft or have reason to believe your personal information has been misused, you should immediately contact the Federal Trade Commission and/or the Attorney General’s office in your state. You can obtain information from these sources about steps an individual can take to avoid identity theft as well as information about fraud alerts and security freezes. You should also contact your local law enforcement authorities and file a police report. Obtain a copy of the police report in case you are asked to provide copies to creditors to correct your records. Contact information for the Federal Trade Commission is as follows:
Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Response Center, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20580, 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338), www.ftc.gov/idtheft