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MARRIOTT HACKED HOTEL MASSIVE DATA LEAK EXPOSES 500 MILLION CUSTOMERS

The hacking is getting more and more ridiculous. So now Marriott hotels have been hacked exposing over 500 million customers information. Starwood Hotels breached this back in 2014 and are just now getting caught.

(News Week) Marriott International today said that it has discovered a massive breach on its guest reservation database that impacted approximately 500 million guests. The company said an unauthorized party had “copied and encrypted” data. Marriott learned there had been unauthorized access to its “Starwood” network since 2014.

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In a statement, the firm said: “For approximately 327 million of these guests, the information includes some combination of name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest (“SPG”) account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences.”

For some, the information also included payment card numbers and payment card expiration dates. Marriott said in its release that it had reported the incident to law enforcement.

Marriott International’s statement added: “There are two components needed to decrypt the payment card numbers, and at this point, Marriott has not been able to rule out the possibility that both were taken. For the remaining guests, the information was limited to name and sometimes other data such as mailing address, email address or other information.”

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“We deeply regret that this incident happened,” said Arne Sorenson, Marriott’s president. “We fell short of what our guests deserve and what we expect of ourselves. We are doing everything we can to support our guests and using lessons learned to be better moving forward.”

Marriott said it had received an alert from an “internal security tool” regarding an attempt to access the Starwood guest reservation database in the U.S. on September 8. The leak impacted customers who made reservations at a Starwood property. The firm said online that Starwood brands include: W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Element Hotels, Aloft Hotels, The Luxury Collection, Tribute Portfolio, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, Four Points by Sheraton and Design Hotels.

“We are working hard to ensure our guests have answers to questions about their personal information, with a dedicated website and call center,” Sorenson continued.

“We will also continue to support the efforts of law enforcement and to work with leading security experts to improve.  Finally, we are devoting the resources necessary to phase out Starwood systems and accelerate the ongoing security enhancements to our network.”

Starting today, Marriott International said it will begin sending emails “on a rolling basis” to affected guests whose email addresses were in the Starwood guest reservation database.

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What you need to know:

What information was copied?

The guest reservation database includes information about hotel guests who made a reservation at a Starwood property, including names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers, Starwood Preferred Guest (“SPG”) account information, dates of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation dates, and communication preferences.

Was my account information stolen?

If you made a reservation on or before September 10, 2018 at a Starwood property, data you provided may have been involved. The Starwood network is kept separate from others.

How many customers were impacted?

Marriott has not finished identifying duplicate information in the database, but believes it contains information on up to approximately 500 million guests who made a reservation at a Starwood property. The guest reservation database that is involved was only used for Starwood reservations. Marriott uses a separate reservation system that is on a different network.

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