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Study Shows Hotels Hacked at "Disturbing Rate"

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July 8, 2010

A recent study by SpiderLabs found that the hotel industry was involved in 38 percent of all credit card hacking cases last year, reports The New York Times. Anthony Roman, a private security investigator, told the Times that hotels are attractive targets because "the greatest amount of credit card information can be obtained using the most simplified methods." Roman added that most hotel breaches are due to "a failure to equip, or to properly store or transmit, this kind of data, and that starts with the point-of-sale credit card swiping systems." According to the report, tough economic times have forced hotel owners to cut spending, leading to lagging security upgrades and a worsening of the problem. Credit card companies, meanwhile, are pushing for uniform security measures for all retailers. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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