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Chicago Yacht Club Announces About a Major Breach in Security

Chicagobusiness.com reported on 8th August, 2014 stating that Chicago Yacht Club has recently confirmed the data breaching of debit and credit cards of their high-profile members.

Chicago Yacht Club was founded in 1875 and based in Chicago, Illinois (US), promotes the sport of yachting.

Chicagobusiness.com published news on 8th August, 2014 quoting a written letter by Commodore Gerald Bober of Chicago Yacht Club to the members of the club as "Unfortunately the Club has experienced a computer security incident involving your personal information."

The club is having offices at Belmont harbors and Monroe in Chicago with some of the affluent business leaders of the city as its members.

As per Mr. Bober's letter, the computer system of the club failed on 15th June, 2014 calling for an analysis into the crashed computer.

A computer firm was roped in on June 21, (2014) to research the crash identified indicators that malware might have been positioned on one of the servers of the club between April 26- May 22 (2014), states Mr. Bober's letter, as reported by zerosecurity.org on August 9 2014.

The letter also mentioned that the server used for payments made through the website of the club is hosted by a third party and it is not involved in the incident and bank account and credit card numbers were encrypted.

Securityweek.com published news on 11th August, 2014 quoting Bober as saying "We don't believe that any information contained on the server has been accessed or used in an improper manner. However, as a precaution, we started sending letters to potentially affected individuals on 31st July, 2014."

Bober also said "If you have used your card at the Chicago Yacht Club during the scheduled time and find any fake charge on your card, please contact the card issuing bank immediately. Major credit card companies normally assure that cardholders will not be responsible for any false charges. Please review your account statements regularly for any unauthorized activity."

The club says that due to the breach, it is restoring its server, probing its practices and safety measures and replacing point-of-sale servers so that unauthorized access does not happen again.

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