Security Breach at Hard Rock Cafe


Hello All,

Hard Rock Cafe and Casino Las Vegas has alerted customers about a data breach. Their statement mentions that customer data may have been compromised if they visited the resort between October 27th, 2015 and March 21st, 2016.

The resort started investigating the card payment methods they used, following several reports of unauthorized activity associated with payment cards.

Hard Rock said in its statement: “On May 13, 2016, the investigation identified signs of unauthorized access to the resort’s payment card environment,”

“Further investigation revealed the presence of card scraping malware that was designed to target payment card data as the data was routed through the resort’s payment card system.”

The malware program recognized payment card data that included cardholder names, card numbers, expiration dates and internal verification codes. But sometimes it only found data that didn’t include the cardholder name.

The customers were assured that Hard Rock Cafe and Casino have alerted law enforcement officials and are working with the payment card networks to initiate heightened monitoring on cards that may be affected.

Any customers who suspect to have been victims of the card fraud are requested to immediately get in touch with their bank.

This is the latest in a number of attacks targeting high-profile organizations, although it must be noted that all organizations are targets.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) issued a public service announcement at the beginning of the month about online fraudsters.

The statement read: “Fraudsters quickly use the news release of a high-profile data breach to initiate an extortion campaign…The FBI suspects multiple individuals are involved in these extortion campaigns based on variations in the extortion emails.”

Source: Akati

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