InterContinental Hotels Confirms Data Breach at 12 Locations
InterContinental Hotels, the company that runs Holiday Inn, suffered a data breach at 12 of their locations between August and December, 2016. The company began investigating the potential breach in December, but they were not certain what damage had been done at that time.
Relative to other major data breaches, InterContinental acted extremely quickly to identify and eliminate the malware in their payments systems and inform the public about the incident. The company has not confirmed the number of cards that may have been affected by the breach, but it did say where the card information was taken.
The card systems at the restaurants and bars within the hotels were breached, but the front desks and the company website were not affected. Thus, if you only used your card to pay for a room or other services at the front desk or online, you should not have any issues after your InterContinental stay.
A list of the affected hotels can be found here.
The company is currently assessing their locations to make sure the breach did not reach beyond the 12 hotels they have already identified. Last year, InterContinental experienced a breach at over 60 hotels and restaurants throughout the country, but that issue has since been resolved. The hotel chain continues to work with third-party companies to enhance their cybersecurity systems and protect hotel guests.