[ISN] Don’t Waste Your Money: Are you staying at a hacker-friendly hotel?

http://wtkr.com/2014/07/08/dont-waste-your-money-are-you-staying-at-a-hacker-friendly-hotel/ By Doris Taylor WTKR.com July 8, 2014 As the travel season heats up, Consumer Reports cautions that some popular hotel and motel chains could be vulnerable to hackers because of weak security systems. The major credit-card companies require businesses to have standard data protections if they want to accept credit and debit cards. It’s called being PCI compliant. But Consumer Reports found that a number of hotels may not be. At a Super 8 motel in New York, the manager said he “had not heard” about PCI compliance. An assistant general manager at a Red Lion in California also said, “I never heard of this.” Similarly, a manager at an America’s Best Value in Washington state said, “I have no idea” about PCI compliance. In the past, hackers have taken advantage of weak security at hotels. For instance, there were three documented data breaches at properties of Wyndham Worldwide several years ago. According to a complaint by the Federal Trade Commission, “security failures” at Wyndham Worldwide led to more than $10 million in unauthorized charges. […]