A big company experiencing a data hack is becoming commonplace. This time around it’s the turn of the Marriott Hotel chain.
Back in 2014, details of 500 million hotel guests were stolen although it only came to light at the end of 2018.
The hackers copied and encrypted information and then removed it from a guest reservation database.
How big a data hack was it?
According to investigators, the data hack affected 327 million guests who had stayed at the Marriot owned Starwood chain of hotels. The following information was stolen:
- Names, mailing address, phone number, email address
- Passport number date of birth and gender
- Arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences
- Starwood Preferred Guest account information,
Basically, if you stayed at any of these hotels, you may have been affected: W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts; Westin Hotels & Resorts, Element Hotels, Aloft Hotels; The Luxury Collection, Tribute Portfolio, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts; Four Points by Sheraton and Design Hotels.
For some of these guests (Marriott didn’t say how many), payment card data was also stolen. However, according to the hotel, payment data was encrypted but it couldn’t confirm that the data had been completely protected.
What about the remaining 173 million guests? Their stolen data only included a name, and sometimes other information such as mailing address, email address, or other data.
Personal identity protection
Once again, this brings the importance of protecting your data to the forefront. Even if you do take steps to ensure the security of your data on a daily basis, third parties may not be so vigilant.
All companies, to whom we entrust our valuable data, must take steps to ensure that our data is safe. Corporates must understand this can’t continue.
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