Hackers stole guests' credit card numbers from Trump Hotels for months

Hackers received access to the personal data of the 14 hotels entering the Trump Hotels network, including credit card details. A letter posted on the Trump Hotels corporate website explained that the hackers broke into Sabre Hospitality Solutions, a reservation service used by Trump Hotels, and stole data between August 2016 and March 2017.

It says that in some cases, the breach also included guest name, email, phone number, address, and other information but not social security number, passport and driver's licence number.

In 2015, hackers breached the reservation system for almost a year at seven Trump hotels, among them properties in Miami, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; Las Vegas, Nevada; and NY. It added that the cyberattack did not affect Trump Hotels' systems. In late June, Google warned its own employees that their personal infromation might have been compromised after Google's corporate travel agent, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, revealed that it had been hit by the Sabre SynXis breach.

The hack is the third time a months-long security snafu has affected guests of the chain of luxury hotels.

While the situation is murky, to say the least, we can say with confidence that Trump has run afoul of hackers in a much more quotidian way.

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As the Washington Post pointed out, five more Trump hotels were breached in November 2015. The Trump Hotels line, controlled by the president and his family, has fallen victim to a widespread data breach, which may have compromised everything from guests' names to their full credit-card information.

Trump International Hotels Management later agreed to pay up $50,000 to settle with NY state over the data breaches, which resulted in the theft of 70,000 credit card numbers and 300 Social Security numbers. Hard Rock Hotels last week admitted that its customers were also involved, and Loews Hotels has reportedly been sending its customers breach notifications.

Trump organization spokeswoman Amanda Miller told ProPublica in May that it follows security best practices but would not comment on specific measures.

ProPublica and Gizmodo found that a number of Trump properties, including the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida - where the president regularly spends his weekends, and he has hosted foreign heads of state - had less-than-secure wireless networks.

  • Darren Santiago