Customers may want to check their charge cards.
If you are a frequent traveler at Starwood hotels or resorts, you may to keep a close eye on your credit card statements. The company, who is one of the premier hotel chains in the world, and owns many high-profile chains lik Sheraton, W, Westin, and St. Regis, announced this weekend that 54 of their locations were involved in in a malware attack against the point of sale system at many different locations starting in late November 2014.
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According to the release from the company, the attack collected information like credit card numbers, cardholder names, card expiration dates, security codes, and some other information. The attack did allow the thieves to make some unauthorized charges on the credit cards.
Starwood says that it hasn't affected the reservation system or the Starwood Preferred Guest system. They also said that “there is no evidence that other customer information, such as contact information or PINs, were affected by this issue.” The company has since corrected the problem.
The company also published a list of locations that were affected by malware infections, including the dates of the visits that were problems.
If you happen to have been a guest at the affected hotels and you noticed something suspicious on your credit card bills, you should notify your bank immediately.
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As of today, you should be safe to put your information in the website. However, you should still ask your financial institution about changing your card numbers. Keep a close eye on your charges for the coming months.