“In one of the largest cybersecurity breaches in history, Marriott International said Friday that information on up to about 500 million of its customers worldwide was exposed in a breach of its Starwood guest reservation database dating as far back as 2014,” writes Avie Schneider in their recent NPR article entitled “Marriott Says Up To 500 Million Customers' Data Stolen In Breach.”
“The world's largest hotel chain said it learned of the breach on Sept. 8,” Schneider explains.
According to the article, “The company said the Marriott hotel network was not affected. ‘The investigation only identified unauthorized access to the separate Starwood network,’ it said. Marriott acquired Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in 2016.”
“For 327 million of the affected guests, the compromised data includes ‘some combination of name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest ("SPG") account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences,” the company said in Schneider’s article.
“For some customers, the information ‘also includes payment card numbers and payment card expiration dates, but the payment card numbers were encrypted,” Marriott added in the NPR piece.
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