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FTC defends decision to sue Wyndham after data breach

Agency says hotel chain was like a store that left consumer credit card info lying on the counter

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is asserting its right to regulate companies’ cybersecurity practices in a case against hotel chain Wyndham Worldwide Corp.

In June 2012, the FTC sued Wyndham after it suffered an attack by hackers that stole hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers. The FTC accused Wyndham of allowing this to happen with its subpar data security.

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