The Trump organization revealed on Tuesday that hackers gained access to guests’ credit card data at 14 Trump Hotel properties in 2016.
According to the report, the hackers also had uninhibited access to the data for several months — From August 2016 to March 2017 — before the breach was detected. The data included cardholder names, payment card numbers, card expiration dates and card security codes.
The report also acknowledged that some personal information, such as guests’ names, email, phone numbers, addresses, and other information was gleaned by the hackers as well.
The hackers were able to break into a reservations program called SynXis Central Reservations system provided by Sabre Hospitality Systems, which is contracted with the Trump organization.
“We are working with Sabre to address this issue. We understand that Sabre engaged a leading cybersecurity firm to support its investigation” the Trump organization said in a statement. “Sabre indicated that they also notified law enforcement and the payment card brands about this incident.” The Trump organization denied that the hackers were able to breach the Trump organization’s own servers.
The organization urged customers to review their information, place a fraud alert on their file and obtain a credit report to address the matter.
The Trump organization is owned by Trump, but the trustees include Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., who had his own digital scandal break today, as he released emails showing his enthusiasm to meet with a Kremlin-linked lawyer promising damaging information on Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign.
President Donald Trump repeatedly attacked Clinton for her email server security on the 2016 campaign trail, and came under fire himself for using his personal phone to tweet and potentially do official business.