Donald Trump’s hotels properties credit card data hacked…and this started before he opened his mouth this week.

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Donald Trump has another problem

Donald Trump who started the 2015 summer season by announcing his bid for president, again, has done so while expressing some comments that are being received as racist, ignorant and other words that has gotten him in some hot water with the public and his corporate partners.   Univision, NBC and Macy’s have cut ties to Trump due to his comments and now it looks like Trump Hotel Properties had their payment card payment system breached leading to the possible theft of customers credit cards.

Donald’s son Eric, who you may have seen sitting in the board room during the NBC show “The Apprentice” has stated that they are investigating the breach. He stated; “Like virtually every other company these days, 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,” he continued to say. “We are committed to safeguarding all guests’ personal information and will continue to do so vigilantly.”

How the data breach happened

The possible data breach at Trump Hotel Properties were flagged by various banks that were seeing a pattern of fraud on customer’s credit cards starting back in February. The fraud was appearing in payment-card data from customers of Trump Hotel Properties in locations that including Chicago, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York were customer stayed and their information appears to have  been stolen from.  It is still unsure if the credit card information stolen came from the hotel properties or the payment card processor they use. Hopefully the investigation into this matter will determine where the breach orginated and how it happened.

How to stay safe from credit card theft

As we saw with the breaches at P.F Chang’s,Target, Sally Beauty, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and others, the continued growth of breaches into the payment data area is not ending anytime soon. Most of the data breaches have happened due to the planting of malicious Malware into the data card systems. This is still one of the easiest ways for hackers to obtain customers credit card information as well as it can take months or longer for anyone to discover the breach.  Until credit and debit cards fully adopt the EMV chip (or smart chip) and signature defenses into all the cards, instead of relying on the magnetic strip on the back of the card, this style of hacking will continue to grow.  By making it harder to breach better constructed authentication can slow and limit credit card data breaches and save time, money and give greater protection to the consumer as well as the banks.

So remember to look at your bank statements and credit card bills on a regular basis to insure that the charges on your bill or bank account statements are accurate and not from a fraudulent means. This is the best way to protect yourself as the banks are unable to do this in a timely manner due to the mass of customers they have.

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Online Security Expert Todd Laff reviews online hacks and security issues and how to protect yourself and secure your network.
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