INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A major U.S. hotel operator said Monday it's
investigating a data breach that may have affected customers as far back
as last March, but the company didn't say how many people might be
affected or when the breach was discovered.
A spokeswoman for
White Lodging Services Corp., which owns and manages 168 hotels under
various brands in 21 states, declined to answer questions about the
breach, which first was reported last week by cybersecurity blogger Brian
Krebs. He said the breach could affect thousands of guests at Marriott
hotels managed by White Lodging since March 23, 2013.
is in progress, and we will provide meaningful information as soon as it
becomes available," White Lodging said in a statement released by
spokeswoman Kathleen Quilligan.
Ind.-based White Lodging's properties include hotels under various
Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton brands and include more than 30 restaurants.
The company has nearly $1 billion in annual revenue and nearly 9,000
employees, according to its website.
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.
involving credit and debit card information is the latest in a wave of
cyber break-ins involving millions of customers reported during the past
The biggest data
raid was on Target Corp., which has said hackers stole about 40 million
debit and credit card numbers during the holiday season.
has said it is working with authorities to investigate a possible breach,
but hasn't said how many customers might be affected. Neiman Marcus Group
Ltd. recently said a security breach last year may have affected about 1.1