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Hotel business centre computers targeted by crooks

July 15, 2014 Staff

The United States Secret Service has warned hotels about attempts by criminals to track keystrokes on computers in their business centres potentially giving them access to private and financial information.

A non-public advisory sent to companies in the hospitality industry and reported by Krebs on Security details how a task force in Texas recently arrested suspects who have compromised computers within several major hotel business centres in the Dallas/Fort Worth areas.

It explains how they installed malicious software on the computers, which captured the keys struck by other guests and sent them the information by email.

This meant they were able to obtain information including online bamking logins, email account passwords and other sensitive information.


Among its suggestions for hotels is to limit guest accounts to non-administrator accounts that do not have the ability to install or uninstall programs.

However, according to security writer Brian Krebs, plenty of malware would still get beyond such measures and physical access to the computer including through CD drives and USB ports would mean it is "more or less game over for the security of that computer ".

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