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article imageHackers hit Donald Trump hotels with major credit card breach

By Caroline Leopold     Jul 3, 2015 in Business
While Donald Trump is making news for inflammatory political comments, there is a security breach in several of the real estate mogul's hotels. Hackers have pried access to credit card information and several hotels are potentially affected.
The security breach, which may potentially cost hotel patrons, is back-burner news compared to Trump's recent debacle in public relations. On Wednesday, nearly the same time the news broke the security breach, Trump had made comments comparing illegal immigrants to "rapists" and "killers," as reported by CNN.
The first news of the credit card breach was reported by Krebs on Security, a security news organiztion. where the breach was described as a series of charges made to credit and debit cards used at the hotel chain. The Trump Organization executive vice president made a brief statement about the security breach:
“We have been alerted to potential suspicious credit card activity and are in the midst of a thorough investigation to determine whether it involves any of our properties,” as quoted in the written statement. “We are committed to safeguarding all guests’ personal information and will continue to do so vigilantly.”
Among the Trump Hotel Collection locations possibly affected are New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago and Honolulu. Details regarding the severity of the breach in terms of monies lost have yet to be disclosed.
There's no information on whether the hack attack is related Trump's public image spiraling out of control. Trump made a confused and insulting speech on June 16 and media quoted him saying:
When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best,” Trump said of immigrants to the United States. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.
Several of Trump's corporate partners such as Univision, NBC, and Macy's have cut ties with the Republic presidential candidate.
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