By John Marquis
Jan 8, 2005
NASSAU, Bahamas - 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
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
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
"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
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