20 SC hotels victim of credit card scanning malware

This file photo from Google Earth Pro shows the Holiday Inn location on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. The hotel was among 20 in South Carolina impacted by the malware issue.

InterContinental Hotels Group has announced a cybersecurity issue that affected many hotels across the country and several Holiday Inn locations in South Carolina.

In a message posted on its website, the company states a cybersecurity firm was hired to investigate IHG hotels and franchises.

"The investigation identified signs of the operation of malware designed to access payment card data from cards used onsite at front desks at certain IHG-branded franchise hotel locations between September 29, 2016 and December 29, 2016."

The company says though there was no evidence found of unauthorized charges to accounts of visitors after December 2016, the malware was not removed until February or March 2017 when properties were investigated.

IGH reports the malware was tracking data on credit cards, specifically the card number, expiration date and identification code. It's not believed any other guest information was accessed.

The company is asking anyone who stayed at an IGH-branded hotel to "remain vigilant" and review statements for unauthorized activity.

Here's a list of IGH hotels in South Carolina impacted by the issue -

Holiday Inn Express / Anderson-I-85 (Exit 27-Hwy 81) / 410 Alliance Parkway

Holiday Inn Express / Blythewood / 120 Creech Road

Holiday Inn Express / Charleston (downtown) - Ashley River / 250 Spring Street

Holiday Inn Express / Clemson - University Area / 1381 Tiger Boulevard

Holiday Inn Express / Columbia-I-20 @ Clemson Rd / 1011 Clemson Frontage Rd

Candlewood Suites / Columbia-Ft. Jackson / 921 Atlas Road

Holiday Inn Express / Greenville-Downtown / 407 North Main Street

Holiday Inn Express / Greenville-I-85 & Woodruff Rd / 1036 Woodruff Road

Holiday Inn Express / Hardeeville-Hilton Head / 145 Independence Boulevard

Holiday Inn Express / Hilton Head Island / 2 Tanglewood Drive

Holiday Inn Express / Lexington-Hwy 378 / 131 Innkeeper Drive

Holiday Inn Express / N. Myrtle Beach-Little River / 722 Highway 17

Holiday Inn Express / Mount Pleasant / 350 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.

Holiday Inn Express / Newberry / 121 Truman Avenue

Holiday Inn Express/ NCHS - Charleston Arpt-Conv Ctr Area / 3025 W. Montague Ave.

Holiday Inn / Santee / 139 Bradford Blvd.

Holiday Inn Express / Spartanburg - I-26 & Us 29 At Westgate Mall / 895 Spartan Blvd.

Holiday Inn Express / Spartanburg-North / 161 Sha Lane

Holiday Inn / Oceanfront @ Surfside Beach / 1601 N Ocean Blvd

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