Hotel Suffers Third Breach
DATA THEFT—U.S.March 2, 2010
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has notified the U.S. Secret Service and several state attorneys that hackers stole customer names and payment card information from its computer system, v3.co.uk reports. Wyndham has since notified credit card companies so that affected cardholders' accounts may be monitored. It also has hired a firm to investigate the breach and assist in data security improvements. "Importantly, we believe that it is unlikely that identity theft will occur because of the limited amount of information that was compromised. Birthdates, Social Security numbers, addresses or other personally identifying information were not...part of the compromise," a letter on Wyndham's Web site reads. This is the company's third data breach in one year.