China sus­pect in ho­tel hack

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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.

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