Half a billion people could be affected by major Marriott Starwood hack

    Hamish Kilburn
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    The hotel chain, Marriott, faces backlash as half and billion people’s data is feared to have been compromised… 

    Hotel giant Marriott Starwood has been hit by what is said to be a vast hack that could affect up to half a billion people internationally, reports The Independent.

    In a statement today, the hotel brand said that there have been unauthorised access to the database, which contains information such as encrypted payment card numbers made on or before September 10 of this year.

    “There are two components needed to decrypt the payment card numbers, and at this point, Marriott has not been able to rule out the possibility that both were taken,” Marriott International said in the statement.

    It added that it has reacted to “investigate and address” the data security incident, which it “deeply regrets” happened.

    “The investigation has determined that there was unauthorised access to the database, which contained guest information relating to reservations at Starwood properties on or before September 10, 2018.”

    More to follow…

    Main image credit: Flickr (Mighty Travels) 

    Hamish Kilburn / 30.11.2018


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