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InterContinental Investigates Possible Payment Card Breach

December 28, 2016, 6:48 PM UTC
The Logo of a Holiday Inn Hotel is pictured in Paris
The Logo of a Holiday Inn Hotel is pictured in Paris, France, August 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen - RTSMORL
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InterContinental Hotels Group said on Wednesday it is investigating claims of a possible payment card breach at some of its U.S. hotels.

The hotel chain had hired a computer security firm to help with the investigation and would continue to work with the payment card networks, InterContinental’s spokesman said.

The investigation was first reported by KrebsonSecurity on Wednesday.

A pattern of fraud on customer credit and debit cards was seen, that suggested a breach at some InterContinental properties, particularly at Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels, the blog reported citing sources.

The news comes nearly four months after InterContinental’s Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants said that an investigation had found a malware attack on servers that processed payment cards used at some of its hotels.

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The breach follows similar attacks at Hyatt Hotels and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide this year.