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Hyatt Hotels hit by hackers

Hyatt Hotels hit by hackers
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Hyatt Hotels Corporation said late Wednesday that malicious software had infiltrated the company’s payment processing system, a development that makes the famous brand the latest addition to a rapidly growing list of breached hospitality firms.

The company did not say how many of its 627 hotels the malware had affected. Leading security firm FireEye has been brought in to investigate the breach, Reuters reported.

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“Hyatt has taken steps to strengthen the security of its systems, and customers can feel confident using payment cards at Hyatt hotels worldwide,” the company said in a statement.

The hotel chain — controlled by the Pritzker family, which includes Commerce Secretary Penny PritzkerPenny Sue PritzkerThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday Biden's new campaign ad features Obama speech praising him Obama Commerce secretary backs Biden's 2020 bid MORE — cautioned that the investigation was still ongoing. Hyatt customers should review their payment card accounts for any suspicious activities, the company added.

Hyatt is the third hotel chain to acknowledge a hack in the last month, and the fourth since October.

In late November, both Hilton Worldwide and Starwood Hotels & Resorts said hackers had infiltrated their payment systems.

Hilton said sensitive information on customers’ credit and debit cards was potentially exposed during a four-month period. But Starwood insisted that no information was stolen from its 54 compromised hotels.

In October, the Trump Hotel Collection, owned by GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRomney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS McConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS US raises concerns about Iran's seriousness in nuclear talks MORE, confirmed it had uncovered a data breach at seven of its locations. Customer data was exposed for more than a year, the company said.