The information includes typical information such as names, addresses and credit card details, but also more damaging details such as social security numbers, drivers license numbers and bank account data. The hotel management is writing notices to affected customers to inform them of the issue, and offering a no-cost credit monitoring service for one year, according to a Yahoo news article. The hotel is also working with both local and U.S. law enforcement and investigations are underway to determine the source of the breach.
The Atlantis incident occurred just weeks after the Marriott Vacation Club announced its own data loss, when backup tapes containing information on 206,000 timeshare owners and customers were lost.
With data security coming to the forefront in 2005, breaches of this nature should decrease as the resources to combat them increase -- so far in 2006 however, things aren't off to a great start.
Posted by: Peter Laborge