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Credit Card Users Common Hacker Targets

According to a 2015 Gallup poll, the average American has three to four credit cards. In fact, increasingly only a dwindling subset of Americans pay with cash, with the majority choosing instead to rely on plastic for everything from buying a pack of gum at the gas station to paying for a trip to the Bahamas.

Today, many Americans don't think twice when handing over their credit card to a retailer or entering in their number to make an online purchase. However, recent reports of hacking and security breaches at several restaurants and hotels across the country serve as an important reminder of just how vulnerable credit card consumers are.

From Los Angeles to Nashville, the InterContinental Hotel Group recently reported that 12 of its hotel locations were breached by hackers that targeted customers who used credit cards to make purchases at the hotels' upscale restaurants and bars. According to an ABC news report on the security breach, the hackers installed malware software to read and capture data- including names, credit card numbers and verification codes- from the magnetic strips found on credit cards.

This most-recent hack involving the InterContinental Hotel Group is just one of thousands that occur each year in which U.S. sectors including retail, health care, manufacturing, financial services and the government are common targets.

Victims of hacks and security breaches frequently experience serious and far-reaching personal and financial consequences when their personal identifying, financial and medical information is compromised and stolen. If you are among the growing number of Americans who has credit card information stolen, you may be able to take legal action against the issuing credit card company or bank.

Legal and governmental regulations related to cyber security, security breaches and disclosure are constantly evolving and changing. It's important, therefore, to turn to an attorney who specializes in advocating for the rights of victims of data breaches.

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