Hackers steal credit card details at Wisconsin and Tennessee Wilderness resorts

Graham Cluley
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Credit card loss at vacation resortsBad news if you have been on vacation at one of the Wilderness resorts in Tennessee and Wisconsin in the last couple of years – hackers may now have your credit card details.

VacationLand Vendors Inc, a firm which provides arcade and vending machines to businesses, has revealed that a hacker broke into its credit card processing systems and stolen up to 40,000 credit card details.

The credit cards were used in arcades at the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort in Wisconsin, and the Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort in Tennessee.

Precise details of how the data breach occurred have not been made public, but the company has published a warning on its website, and advised customers to keep their eyes peeled for unusual transactions on their credit cards.

Statement from VacationLand Vendors

Vacationland Vendors says that it “deeply regrets” the security breach and shut down its systems at the affected arcades as soon as it discovered the problem on March 25, 2011 – but that patrons may be impacted as far back as December 12, 2008.

The FTC has produced a website all about how consumers can protect themselves against identity theft.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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