Was Hilton's data system hacked?

Posted at 10:17 PM, Sep 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 01:17:18-04

Hilton is investigating claims that its data system has been hacked after a report surfaced suggesting that registers at gift shops and restaurants at various Hilton properties had been compromised and that the issue could still be ongoing.

The company is not confirming the report.

Security blogger Brian Krebs said in a post Friday that Visa sent alerts to several banks in August warning of a breach. And, the only common point of purchase for the cards included in the alert was that they had been used at Hilton properties. 

Krebs said that that also included cards used at Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Hampton Inn and Suites and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.

A Hilton spokesperson told ABC15 Monday that they take any potential issue very seriously, and that they “are looking into this matter.”

“We have many systems in place and work with some of the top experts in the field to address data security,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “Unfortunately the possibility of fraudulent credit card activity is all too common for every company in today’s marketplace.”

There are many Hilton properties in the Phoenix area, including the Pointe Hilton resorts at Tapatio Cliffs and Squaw Peak, several Doubletree hotels and the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas.