One of the largest data network “Starwood” has been comprised since 2014 that include phone numbers, names, addresses and passport details of around 327 million people.
According to the “Starwood” officials, details of credit cards of some customers were also there. They notice that the mysterious entity breached the customers’ data and started vanishing it from their datacenter on 8th September.
Additionally, regarding this massive data breach, Marriot administration has setup specified systems. These systems include a separate website and call center to answers queries about the data breach.
A very short apology stated by Marriot’s President “Arne Sorenson” in which he said, “We deeply regret this incident happened.”
Furthermore, Marriot hotel representative “Jeff Flaherty,” told Reuters “We are still investigating the situation, so we don’t have a list of specific hotels. What we do know is that it only impacted Starwood brands.”
What is the Next Step?
According to the hotel officials, it is too early to estimate the financial loss due to the breach. And it would not affect their long-term finances. For the victims, they also mentioned that they are continuously working with the insurance company for the coverage.
Hotel groups have of late become a target of hackers, seeking to steal information such as credit card data. Marriot hotel is not the first in the industry who become the victim of this massive data breach. Last year, Hyatt hotels and Intercontinental hotels were victims of dark online activities.
Hyatt said it had discovered unauthorized access to payment card information at certain of its locations, affecting 41 properties in 11 countries.
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