Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Hotels have leaky security with credit cards

Yahoo! republished the following article by Joe Sharkey from July 5 in the New York Times: “On the Road: Credit Card Hackers Visit Hotels All Too Often”, link here.

Hotel IT systems are not all that secure when it comes to encryption (and I have found not all that perfect when it comes to guaranteed reservations). This danger goes on top of unsecured wireless common in many hotel rooms.

Playing on the road involves more risks than letting the opponent bat last.

I’ve had only one really major credit card breach: Back in 1995, a Merrill Lynch visa card was used for about $300 worth of unauthorized AT&T calls in Canada, which AT&T reversed for me, after about an hour on the phone, at work on company time.

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