Mar­riott hack hits mil­lions

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

THE Mar­riott ho­tel chain has re­ported a data breach af­fect­ing the per­sonal de­tails of up to half a bil­lion of its guests.

The US com­pany said there has been unau­tho­rised ac­cess to the data­base of its Star­wood branch. The dis­cov­ery came as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that had been look­ing at a cy­ber at­tack dat­ing back to 2014.

The com­pany be­lieves the breach af­fected “up to ap­prox­i­mately 500 mil­lion guests who made a reser­va­tion at a Star­wood prop­erty”, al­though some records could be­long to peo­ple who had mul­ti­ple stays.

For 327 mil­lion of those reser­va­tions, data ex­posed in­cludes name, ad­dress, phone num­ber, email, pass­port num­ber, and other per­sonal de­tails, as well as de­tails of the per­son’s stay, the state­ment said.

Credit card num­bers and ex­pi­ra­tion dates of some guests may have been taken.

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