Criminal hackers gravitate to some hotels because, like retail stores and restaurants, hotels do many credit card transactions at a local level, where centralized and highly sophisticated data security safeguards may be lacking.
Most hotels are locally owned, though managed by big hotel chain companies.
For hotel owners, it is expensive to come into full compliance with the tough global data security criteria set by the credit card companies.
Cybersecurity threats are increasing as quickly as businesses can implement measures against them.
The threat is constant.
The best protection is vigilance, and that takes work,” he said. That includes using complex passwords, being wary of public Wi-Fi, updating antivirus software and checking credit card statements carefully.
Story by Joe Sharkey for the New York Times.