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Marriott breach could affect 500,000 customers

Joe Mont | November 30, 2018

A breach of the Marriott hotel chain’s guest reservation database may have compromised the personal information of upwards of 500,000 customers.

In a Nov. 30 announcement, Marriott officials said that on Sept. 8 it received an alert from an internal security tool regarding an attempt to access the U.S. guest reservation database. “Marriott quickly engaged leading security experts to help determine what occurred,” the company said in a statement. 

During the investigation, it was learned that there was unauthorized access to the Starwood network since 2014. The company then discovered that an unauthorized party had copied and encrypted information.

As of Nov. 19, Marriott determined that the pilfered data was from the Starwood guest reservation database.

“The company has not finished identifying duplicate...

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