It has been announced by Marriott International hotels that 500 million guest accounts might have been hacked. Most of them were cases where passport numbers were stolen or other important identifying data was taken.
On September 8th Marriott was alerted that an attempt was made to hack its reservation database in the United States. The hack is one of the biggest hacks revealed. It resulted in a drop out in the Marriott shares.
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New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood tweeted, “New Yorkers deserve to know that their personal information will be protected”.
Marriott found “that there had been unauthorized access to the Starwood network since 2014” it included personal and financial information. In the investigation, it was revealed: “an unauthorized party had copied and encrypted information and took steps towards removing it.”
On November 19th Marriott found out “that the contents were from the Starwood guest reservation database”. In the Starwood network, the Hotel Brands included were Sheraton, Westin, Four Points, and W Hotels. In 2016 Marriott acquired Starwood for $13.6 billion.
Marriott chief Arne Sorenson said, “We deeply regret this incident happened. We fell short of what our guests deserve and what we expect of ourselves.”