In July 2008, hackers broke into a computer at Wyndham Hotels. They stole tens of thousands of customer credit card records, including guest names, card numbers, expiration dates and highly sensitive data from the cards’ magnetic stripe.
It a company’s worst nightmare, particularly in the face of an economic downturn, and to make matters worse, Wyndham didn’t realize the theft had occurred until September. The company remains unsure about how many individual credit card accounts were negatively affected by the incident, however, it’s safe to say today most holiday-makers will think twice before paying for their vacation on credit!
There are two main strategies hackers use to access credit card information: through password theft, or via a virus or Trojan horse.
- Password Theft
- Worms, Viruses and Trojan Horses
You should also consider using anti-virus and anti-spyware software to help keep your identity safe. Usually, this software will search for viruses on your computer and in your inbox. It’s available for free, and the protection it offers could save you a lot of time, money and hassle down the track.