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Hotel Franchise Firm White Lodging Investigating Data Breach

White Lodge manages franchises for nationwide hotel brands including Marriott, Sheraton, Hilton and Westin

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    White Lodging, a franchise management company for nationwide hotel brands including Marriott, Sheraton, Hilton and Westin, is investigating a reported data breach.

    The alleged breach, first reported by security blogger Brian Krebs Friday, may have exposed credit and debit card information of thousands of guests at White-managed hotels.

    “An investigation is in progress, and we will provide meaningful information as soon as it becomes available,” White Lodging said in a statement.

    Krebs, citing  banking industry sources, alleges some White-managed Marriott hotels, including those in Chicago, Austin, Denver, Los Angeles, Louisville and Tampa, were affected by the breach.

    “One of our franchise management companies has experienced unusual fraud patterns in connection with its systems that process credit card transactions at a number of hotels across a range of brands, including some Marriott-branded hotels,” Marriott said in a statement. “They are in the midst of the investigation and are in close contact with the banks and credit cards companies. We are working closely with the franchise management company as they investigate the matter.”

    White Lodging, based in Merrillville, Ind., manages 168 hotels in 21 states.