Another data breach hits hotels nationwide

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WASHINGTON - Another data breach is believed to have affected Americans nationwide.

This time, officials said hackers hit hotels.

They targeted a company that maintains Hilton, Marriot, Sheraton and Westin hotel franchises.

This data breach exposed guests’ credit and debit card information in 2013.

Banking industry sources noticed fraud among hundreds of cars at certain hotels, maintained by Indiana-based White Lodging.

The company issues a statement Sunday night saying an investigation is in progress and officials will provide meaningful information as soon as it becomes available.

White Lodging maintains more than 160 full-service hotels in 21 states.

Protecting consumers’ financial data is in the spotlight on Capitol Hill with a hearing Monday.

On Tuesday, Target’s executive vice president will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about preventing data breaches.

More than 100 million Target customers had personal information stolen at the height of the Christmas shopping season.

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