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Marriott Data Breach Among Largest Ever

Marriott Data Breach Among Largest Ever Photo: WDIO/MGN

From Associated Press reports
Created: November 30, 2018 04:05 PM

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Security experts say a data breach that affected up to 500 million guests at Marriott hotels is one of the largest in the past decade in terms of size and scope. The fact that it took four years to discover is problematic, too.

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They say the richness of the data taken makes the hack unique, especially if the hackers end up being hostile nation-states.

Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer of Veracode, says that with information about someone's arrival and departure dates, "that could be used to incriminate someone" or attack someone's reputation. He says it goes beyond the traditional credit-card theft or risk of identity theft.

Marriott says that unauthorized access to data at former Starwood hotels, which Marriott acquired two years ago, has been taking place since 2014.

The affected hotel brands include W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton, Westin, Element, Aloft, The Luxury Collection, Le Méridien and Four Points. Starwood branded timeshare properties are also included.

None of the Marriott-branded chains are threatened.

The New York Attorney General is opening an investigation into the breach. In a tweet Friday, Attorney General Barbara Underwood said residents need to know that their personal information is safe.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, who is vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and co-founder of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, is appealing to Congress to pass laws that require data minimization following Marriott's disclosure.

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