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Marriott was hacked, 500 million guests' data stolen

By Kenny Yeo - on 3 Dec 2018, 10:56am

Marriott was hacked, 500 million guests' data stolen

News emerged over the weekend that hotel chain Marriott was hacked.

Specifically, its Starwood reservation system was compromised and hackers made away with the personal data of up to 500 million guests.

But the most damning discovery of all was that the hack started as far back as 2014.

According to reports, the hack affected customers who made reservations for Starwood hotel brands from 2014 to September 2018.

Hotels affected are extensive and include - deep breath now - Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, St. Regis, Meridien, Aloft, Four Points, Tribute, Element, Design Hotels, and the Luxury Collection. It's a lot.

Stolen information includes names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, email addresses, and encrypted credit card details. A small group of people also had their travel histories and passport numbers stolen.

If there's any consolation, experts say Starwood's stolen data has not pooped up yet on the dark web. This could mean that a government agency was behind it.

James A. Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, said:

“Usually when stolen data doesn’t appear, it’s a state actor collecting it for intelligence purposes."

For now, Marriott said that it would try to reach affected customers to inform them about the hack and then had set up a website to address customer concerns.

Source: The New York Times

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