IDs of 50,000 Bahamas resort guests stolen: Kerzner

January 8, 2006

By John Marquis, Reuters

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 Exchange Commission.

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 attractions.

It employs more than 5,000 Bahamians and is a major player in the country's economy.

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