3 area hotels among 14 with data security breaches nationwide

Three area hotels among 14 with data security breaches nationwide

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Two hotels near Midway International Airport and one in northwest Indiana were subjects of a data breach that spanned nearly nine months, officials announced Monday.

The Chicago Marriott Midway, the Holiday Inn Chicago - Midway Airport and the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville, Ind., were among 14 White Lodging hotels across the country that reported breaches. Information on credit cards used in the hotels' lounges and restaurants between March 16 and Dec. 20, 2013 may have been stolen, officials said.

"Guests who used or visited the affected businesses during the nine month-period and who used a credit or debit card to pay their bills at the outlets might have had such information compromised and are encouraged to review their statements from that time period," White Lodging said in a statement.

However, the extent of the breach may be greater at the Raddison in Merrillville.

"At the Radisson Star Plaza in Merrillville, Ind., we suspect that the points of sale system at food and beverage outlets were affected as well as the property management system that manages hotel guests' credit card information," officials said in the statement.

Guest who made charges to their rooms during the nine-month period were not affected, officials said.

The cause of the breach is still under investigation and hotel officials said more information will be released in the "near future."

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