PandaLabs Identifies Hospitality Industry as Cyber-criminals’ Newest Target

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Research reveals major data breaches at Trump Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Starwood and other global hotel chains

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This is not a fad, there is serious money behind these attacks, and they’ll continue until the hotel industry can adjust - PandaLabs Technical Director Luis Corrons

PandaLabs, the laboratory of Panda Security, has released “The Hotel Hijackers,” a whitepaper detailing a growing trend of cyber-attacks against the hospitality industry. PandaLabs’ research reveals 2015 as setting a precedent in attacks in this sector, and details how major chains like Trump, Hilton and Starwood were affected. The whitepaper can be downloaded here.

According to the data, hotels present a perfect target for cyber-criminals, since there is endless information turning over on a day-to-day basis, from personal identity data to credit card information. “The Hotel Hijackers,” cites that by the end of 2015, most of the hotels, regardless of their size had been victims of cyber crimes. Several hotel chains are detailed as victims in the report with the following breaches revealed:

  •     Hard Rock Las Vegas: 173,000 credit cards stolen in a seven-month span
  •     Hyatt Hotels: 249 hotels spanning 54 countries attacked by an infection to their point-of-sale (POS) terminals
  •     Rosen Hotels & Resorts: Had infected POS systems for 1.5 years before realizing it

“Money will always be the top motivation for cyber criminals, attackers see the millions of rooms as customer information that can be turned into millions of dollars,” said PandaLabs technical director and lead researcher, Luis Corrons. “This is not a fad, there is serious money behind these attacks, and they’ll continue until the hotel industry can adjust.”

PandaLabs detected and neutralized more than 84 million new malware samples throughout 2015 and continues to provide groundbreaking research on top trends affecting the security industry. Last May, PandaLabs discovered and published “Operation Oil Tanker: The Phantom Menace,” a compelling report that detailed the targeted attack on the oil tanker industry. Panda’s Adaptive Defense 360 is the product, among others, that lead PandaLabs to these discoveries. The advanced security product monitors and classifies all of a company’s software to discover and stop all malware in the system.

Adaptive Defense 360 is the recommended first line of defense to those in the hospitality industry to protect against advanced threats and targeted attacks. The innovative product guarantees data confidentiality, privacy of information, business reputation, and legacy.

To read the full report click here: “The Hotel Hijackers”

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