Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Credit Card Processing at Hotels: Is it Safe?

Evidently any time you have a point-of-sale system that is computer based there is a potential for problems. As long as that computer is connected to the internet it has the ability to be hacked and have credit card information stolen from it. The story surrounding Destination Hotels is proof of just that: Guests who recently stayed at 21 of the resort's 30 hotels may have been victimized by the scheme, which appears to have compromised point-of-sale systems. The company refused to release many details of the incident -- citing an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation -- but in a note posted to its Web site said that it had "uncovered a malicious software program inserted into its credit card processing system from a remote source."

Makes you think twice about giving your credit card information at a hotel doesn't it?

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