Hackers have broken into the corporate databases for best Western Hotels and may have stolen the names, addresses and credit card information of every customer who stayed with the international group since 2007.
An investigation by the Sunday Herald found that an unknown Indian hacker got into Best Westerns databases on Thursday and accessed its databases, which contain the names, addresses, credit card numbers and additional customers information of people who have used the chain internationally.
"Best Western took immediate action to disable the compromised log-in account in question. We are currently in the process of working with our credit card partners to ensure that all relevant procedural standards are met, and that the interests of our guests are protected," said a spokesman.
"We continue to investigate the root cause of the issue, including, but not limited to, the third-party website that has allegedly facilitated this illegal exchange of information."
The data on how to get into the database was apparently provided by an Eastern European hacking group and although the security hole the hacker used has now been closed the potential losses to customers could be huge.