China suspect in hotel hack
A massive hack into hotel group Marriott International may have been an intelligence-gathering operation by China’s government, Reuters cited unidentified sources as saying.
Private investigators found hacking tools, techniques and procedures that featured in past attacks attributed to Chinese hackers, the report said. But other parties have access to those tools, meaning China is only one suspect, Reuters’ sources said.
“Our primary objectives in this investigation are figuring out what occurred and how we can best help our guests,” a Marriott spokesman told Bloomberg News by email.
“We have no information about the cause of this incident and we have not speculated about the identity of the attacker.”
Marriott is tallying the cost of one of the biggest corporate hacks in history, which exposed the data of some 500 million guests through a breach of its Starwood reservation system from 2014.
Canadians have begun to receive emails about the breach, but Marriott wouldn’t comment on how many Canadians will be contacted.