AUSTIN (KXAN/AP) — Restaurants and lounges at three Austin hotels are believed to have been the target of an attack where guests’ credit and debit card numbers were stolen.
White Lodging, which owns and manages 168 hotels under various brands in 21 states, said the breach happened at their point of sales systems from March 20 to Dec. 16, 2013, at food and beverage spots at 14 of their properties nationwide. They did not say how many people might be affected or when the breach was discovered.
The company said guests who made purchases to their room accounts were not affected.
White Lodging said that upon learning of the suspected data security breach, they immediately contacted appropriate federal law enforcement officials and initiated a third-party forensic review, including a review of all of their other properties.
The group says they are currently arranging to offer one year of complimentary personal identity protection services to all affected cardholders.
Merrillville, Ind.-based White Lodging’s properties include hotels under various Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton brands and include more than 30 restaurants.
The food and beverage outlets affected by the suspected breach were located at the following hotels:
- Holiday Inn Austin Northwest, Austin, TX
- Marriott Austin South, Austin, TX
- Westin Austin at the Domain, Austin, TX
- Marriott Boulder, Boulder, CO
- Renaissance Broomfield Flatiron, Broomfield, CO
- Marriott Midway, Chicago, IL
- Holiday Inn Midway, Chicago, IL
- Marriott Denver South, Denver, CO
- Sheraton Erie Bayfront, Erie, PA
- Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, Indianapolis, IN
- Marriott Louisville Downtown, Louisville KY
- Renaissance Plantation, Plantation, FL
- Marriott Richmond Downtown, Richmond, VA
- Radisson Star Plaza, Merrillville, IN (Hotel’s property management system containing hotel guests’ credit card information also believed to have been compromised.)
Marriott International said in a statement that “the suspected breach did not impact any systems that Marriott owns or controls,” but it was closely monitoring the situation. Marriott said White Lodging is “in close contact with the banks and credit card companies.”
A Hyatt statement said none of its five White Lodging hotels were believed to have been affected. Hilton had not released a statement as of Monday afternoon.