The International Hotels Group believes cash registers in more than 1,000 of its hotels were infected with malware to steal customer debit and credit card data between Sept. 29 and Dec. 29, 2016.
According to the company, the scam took information such names, card numbers, expiration dates, and verification codes as a card machine read from a card's magnetic strip as it was routed through a hotel server.
In total, seven Holiday Express hotels across South Dakota were included in the chain's list of affected locations:
- Brookings (Sept. 29 to Nov. 17, 2016)
- Fort Pierre (Sept. 29 to Dec. 29, 2016)
- Hill City (Sept. 29 to Oct. 19, 2016)
- Keystone (Sept. 29 to Dec. 29, 2016)
- Sturgis (Sept. 29 to to Dec. 29, 2016)
- Vermillion (Sept. 29 to Dec. 9, 2016)
- Yankton (Sept. 29 to Nov. 16, 2016)
IHG recommends that customers that stayed at the above hotels between those dates to check their credit score and to report any fraudulent charges. 20 locations in Minnesota — including a Holiday Inn Express location in Worthington — are also included in the investigation. For a full list of hotels, visit the IHG lookup tool
If you have any questions, the company has asked customers in the U.S. to call 855-330-6367 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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A major hotel chain says its locations were hacked and credit card information may have been stolen from its customers in a data breach.