Saber hires Mandiant to investigate breach in hotel reservation system

(Reuters) – Saber Corp said on Tuesday there had been a breach in its hospitality unit’s hotel reservation system and hired FireEye Inc’s forensic division to investigate the incident.

“The unauthorized access has been closed and there is no evidence of continued unauthorized activity,” Saber said in a statement. (bit.ly/2px9d6R)

The company, which offers hotel and airline reservation services, said it informed law enforcement about the violation of its SynXis reservation center.

Saber does not believe any other system has been affected.

“32,000 properties are using Saber’s reservation system, so attackers were able to break into a single system and potentially gain access to 32,000 additional targets,” said Jeff Hill, director of product management, Prevalent, who manages the risk of third parties.

Mandiant did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hotel groups are increasingly the target of attacks by hackers, who seek to steal payment card data.

InterContinental Hotels Group Plc said last month that 1,200 of its franchise hotels in the United States, including Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, were victims of a three-month cyberattack.

Hyatt Hotels Corp, Hilton and Starwood Hotels, now owned by Marriott International Inc, were also victims of hacking attacks.

Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru and Jim Finkle in Toronto; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta


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