Data breaches in hotel industry higher than any other sector in 2009, according to Trustwave report
Which is most worrisome: (A) that hackers hit the hotel industry in 38% of data breaches last year; (B) that it took the hotels an average of five months to notice a data breach; (C) that the hackers often got into the data by using software glitches that had patches available 10 years ago; or, (D) all of the above?
A new report from security firm Trustwave indicates that the hotel industry was targeted for data breaches more than any other last year primarily because they were such an easy target and the takings were so rich. The hackers gained access to potentially millions of credit card account details from hotels that did little to protect the data, and never reported the resulting identity theft risk to officials or customers. (Picture a frisky young pit bull gleefully trotting after a fat, blind, three-legged cat while the cat’s owner sleeps in a hammock nearby.) (more…)