Guests at Kirksville Holiday Inn had credit card info exposed, company says

Guests' credit card information was exposed to malware from September through December 2016 at the Kirksville Holiday Inn Express (Ashley Hoak/KTVO)

A data breach at Holiday Inn hotels left guests’ credit card information vulnerable, including a location in the heartland.

The Holiday Inn Express in Kirksville is one of the hotels the company says was affected by malware that took cardholder information between September and December 2016.

According to a notice by Holiday Inn’s parent company, the InterContinental Hotels Group, an investigation indicated that between those dates, malware that infected more than a thousand hotels was recording cardholders’ names, credit card numbers, expiration dates and security codes.

The company also warned that confirmation of the malware’s removal did not occur until the investigation ended last month.

IHG has also taken some heat for the look-up tool that shows which hotels were affected; users can only search for specific hotels by city and state, not see a complete list by location.

The company said that any guests at those hotels during that time should be “vigilant” in checking to make sure all charges on their accounts are accurate.

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