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Intercontinental Hotels Group Reveals Expanded Credit Card Breach

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has publicly adjusted radically upwards the number of its hotels involved in the credit card breach originally announced this past December, giving a ballpark figure of a dozen hotels involved in February. IHG now says that at least 1,000 of its hotels were involved. Danish geek Christian Sonne writes that his investigation shows at least 1,175 properties affected thus far.

In December 2016, KrebsOnSecurity broke the news that fraud experts at various banks were seeing a pattern suggesting a widespread credit card breach across some 5,000 hotels worldwide owned by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). In February, IHG acknowledged a breach but said it appeared to involve only a dozen properties. Now IHG has released data showing that cash registers at more than 1,000 of its properties were compromised with malicious software designed to siphon customer debit and credit card data.

Headquartered in Denham, U.K., IHG operates more than 5,000 hotels across nearly 100 countries. The company’s dozen brands include Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, InterContinental, Kimpton Hotels, and Crowne Plaza. — KrebsOnSecurity

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