Starwood Hotels Blames Malware for 8-Month Data Breach

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. said hackers stole customer credit-card and debit-card information during a data breach that lasted for nearly eight months and affected 54 locations, including a number of luxury properties. The company said that malicious software, known as malware, infiltrated payment systems at in-hotel restaurants and gift shops, collecting customer names, card numbers, security codes and expiration dates.