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Major hotel chain experiences security breach

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

If you have stayed in a hotel that is in the Starwood chain in the last year, you may have fallen victim to a data breach.

The chain, which includes Sheraton and Westin among others, was infiltrated by hackers at 54 of it's locations in the US and Canada.  The malware has since been removed, according to company officials.  The targeted point of sale operations in the hotel gift shops, restaurants, and other retail locations but not the reservation systems.

You can view the full list of hotels by clicking here.

WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says there are a few steps you need to take if you think you might be affected.  Her advice follows:

What can you do?

1.  Check their list of infected hotels

2.  Add text alerts to your credit card profile to alert you when transactions hit or at least when large ones hit or you hit a certain balance

3.  Call your credit card company to see if you were impacted and have a new card issued to you BEFORE you travel this holiday

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