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Radisson hotels breached check your accounts
MINNEAPOLIS (8/20/09)--Credit union representatives and members who travel may want to check their credit card accounts. Radisson Hotels and Resorts announced Wednesday that the computer systems of some Radisson hotels in the U.S. and Canada were accessed without authorization between November 2008 and May. The data accessed may have included guest information such as the name printed on a guest’s credit card or debit card, a credit or debit card number, and card expiration date, Radisson said in a letter posted on its website. Social Security numbers were not accessed. “We recommend that you review your account statements and credit reports closely,” Radisson said. Individuals who suspect unauthorized card activity should report it to the financial institution that issued the card, law enforcement, state attorney general’s office, or the Federal Trade Commission. No educational programs with the American Association of Credit Union Leagues or the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Center for Professional Development (CPD) were held at Radisson hotels during the breach period, said CUNA CPD staff. News Now did not verify whether state credit union organizations might have had conferences then at Radisson hotels. Radisson has created a toll-free telephone number, 866-584-9255, for customers to call if they have been affected. The company also has created a website with frequently asked questions about the breach (use the link). Radisson Hotels and Resorts, based in Minneapolis, has more than 400 hotels worldwide. The breach was announced just a day after the Justice Department disclosed indictments of the hackers who caused the world’s largest data breaches--at Heartland Payment Systems and Hannaford Brothers. Those breaches affected thousands of credit union members.
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