Late last week I wrote about the Starwood data breach where some credit card numbers and names were compromised at a myriad of hotels across the United States. Starwood took steps to make sure that additional security features were in place, and offered transparency in their statement. Even though my credit cards weren’t affected, I was still curious to find out which hotels the data breach occurred at.
Today the list of properties affected by the breach and the dates of exposure is up (and you can click here to be taken to the official page). It It looks like the data breaches started in early November of 2014 and the last ones were in June of 2015. Here’s the full list –
The list of properties on Starwood’s website was accompanied by a letter written by Starwood’s President of the Americas, Sergio Rivera.
In the letter (which you can read by clicking here), he reiterates that the breaches occurred at point-of-sale systems such as restaurants at gift shops and that the guest reservations and SPG Members systems show no sign of being affected.
The letter reminds customers that under US law you are eligible for one free credit report a year which you can obtain by going to www.annualcreditreport.com. Starwood is also offering one year free of AllClear ID identity protection and credit monitoring to any affected customers. You can get enrolled by calling 1-855-270-9179.
Perusing the list of properties I saw a bunch that I’d stayed at in the past year and reviewed, including –
I stayed at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina at least twice during the “exposed” dates, and enjoyed a meal on one of the occasions. I didn’t have any issues with my credit card though, and even if I had I can honestly say it wouldn’t color my feelings toward Starwood at all. Bravo to Starwood for being so transparent about the issue, the properties where the breaches occurred, and adding extra security layers quickly.
Did you stay at any of the properties affected by the data breach? If so, would you hesitate to eat or shop there in the future?