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A suspected data breach of point-of-sale systems at Hilton Hotels properties and franchised locations is being investigated. The Trump Hotel Collection also confirmed that IT security has been compromised at seven of its properties.
Hackers are increasingly attacking third party partners, like point-of-sale (POS) resellers, to break into retailers' systems through weak remote access controls—in fact, this, along with weak passwords, contributed to 94 percent of POS breaches investigated by Trustwave in 2014.
Target has reached an agreement with Visa that will reimburse card issuers up to $67 million for costs incurred by the retailer's data breach during the 2013 holiday season. The deal covers credit cards and debit cards issued by financial institutions under the Visa brand. It took months of negotiations, and the specific dollar amount of the deal has not yet been disclosed, The Wall Street Journal reported.
After failing to pass the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act prior to its August recess, the U.S. Senate has postponed action on the bill—which some saw as urgent and others thought was being rushed—until September.
The online photo sites of several retailers, including Costco, Sam's Club and Rite Aid, are still inoperative after being taken down more than a week ago, following a presumed hacking incident. The sites are not expected to return until early August, thus missing much of the summer photo processing season. PNI Digital Media, owned by Staples and used by several retailers to manage photo sites, is investigating the possible data breach. It is not clear whether any customer information has been taken.
Eataly's retail location in New York City has reported a possible data breach in its POS system. The company's website warns consumers of the potential security incident, urging consumers who purchased items between Jan. 16 and April 2 at the New York City location to immediately check their bank accounts. "Based upon an extensive forensic investigation, it appears that criminals unscrupulously hacked our network system and installed a malware designed to capture payment card transaction data," according to a company statement. An investigation was officially launched after several Eataly employees, who also made purchases at the store, found fraudulent charges on their credit cards, PYMNTS reported. The malware has now been removed and security measures are in place.