PASS­PORTS A RED FLAG IN MAR­RIOTT HACK

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - MONEY -

Mar­riot has con­firmed that ap­prox­i­mately 5.25 mil­lion un­en­crypted pass­port num­bers were ac­cessed dur­ing a huge data breach. The FBI is lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the data theft, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors sus­pect the hack­ers were work­ing on be­half of the Chi­nese Min­istry of State Se­cu­rity. The hack­ers ac­cessed about 20.3 mil­lion en­crypted pass­port num­bers. There’s no ev­i­dence they were able to use the mas­ter en­cryp­tion key re­quired to gain ac­cess to those data.

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