Se­cu­rity breach hits 500 mil­lion

Sunday Mail - - NEWS -

HACK­ERS stole in­for­ma­tion on as many as 500 mil­lion guests of the Mar­riott ho­tel em­pire over four years, the com­pany said yes­ter­day as it ac­knowl­edged one of the largest se­cu­rity breaches in his­tory.

The full scope of the fail­ure was not im­me­di­ately clear but the hack­ers ob­tained credit card and pass­port num­bers as well as other per­sonal data.

The af­fected ho­tel brands were op­er­ated by Star­wood be­fore it was ac­quired by Mar­riott in 2016, in­clud­ing Sher­a­ton and Westin. None of the Mar­riott-branded chains was threat­ened.

The cri­sis quickly emerged as one of the big­gest breaches on record. “On a scale of one to 10, this is one of those No. 10 breaches,” said Chris Wysopal, chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer of se­cu­rity com­pany Ver­a­code.

“There have only been a few of this scale in the last decade.”

By com­par­i­son, last year’s Equifax hack af­fected more than 145 mil­lion peo­ple.

Se­cu­rity an­a­lysts were es­pe­cially alarmed to learn that the breach be­gan in 2014.

While such fail­ures of­ten span months, four years is ex­treme, said Yonatan StriemAmit, chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer of Cy­berea­son.

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