Security Expert Comments on Card Breach at Donald Trump Hotel Properties

Commenting on reports that there has been a credit card breach at Donald Trump’s hotel properties, Ken Westin, senior security analyst for Tripwire, provided the following:

Ken Westin, senior security analyst for Tripwire (www.tripwire.com):

“Much like many of the other breaches we have seen targeting the retail and hospitality, this is not an attack that targeted a single hotel or store.  Instead, this was the result of a larger more sophisticated and orchestrated attack. When a larger group of organizations appear to be involved, it usually indicates that the breach took advantage of shared network resources or applications.

“Many organizations share backend systems and payment gateways to reduce costs and increase operational efficiency, and the data on these shared systems are a very high value target for attackers.”

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