January 8, 2006
IDs of 50,000 Bahamas resort guests stolen: Kerzner
By John Marquis
NASSAU, Bahamas (Reuters) - The identities of more than
50,000 customers of major Bahamas resort Atlantis have been
exposed to possible identity fraud following the theft of
personal information from the hotel, the owners said.
Kerzner International Ltd., owner of the luxury 2,300-room
Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, revealed details of the
data theft in a document filed with the Bahamas Securities and
Information stolen included names, addresses, credit card
details, social security numbers, drivers license numbers and
bank account data, the filing said.
The information appears to have gone missing from the
hotel's computer database and was the work of either an insider
or outside hacker.
The Atlantis hotel management is notifying affected
customers in writing so they can take steps to protect
themselves from possible identify fraud.
The hotel is also providing, at no cost to customers, a
credit monitoring service for a year.
The filing by Kerzner said around 55,000 customers are
thought to be affected.
"To date, the resort has not received any evidence that the
information has been used to commit identity fraud or in any
other manner adverse to its customers," the statement said.
Atlantis has notified Bahamian and U.S. law enforcement
agencies and is co-operating with them.
George Markantonis, president and managing director of the
Paradise Island operation, said Atlantis took its obligation to
safeguard personal information seriously.
As investigations are under way, the resort said it was
unable to disclose more at this time.
Atlantis is one of the world's landmark resort
destinations. Thousands of tourists - mainly Americans - flock
there every week to enjoy its casino and beachfront
It employs more than 5,000 Bahamians and is a major player
in the country's economy.