The Marriott hotel suffers from data breaches affecting 5 million visitors
The Marriott hotel suffers from data breaches affecting 5 million visitors

Marriott International Services is the world's largest hotel company with 7,300 hotels and resorts in 134 countries, including the Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton and Westin hotel chains two years ago. But this time, the violation includes personal information about 5.2 million visitors.

The hotel giant said it had discovered a breach of its internal data system in late February. Hackers received credentials from two employees and breached the system from mid-January to late February.

According to Marriott International, unexpected information has been reached for customers. The hotel giant notified the affected clients by email and created its own website where customers can send requests to view 'there was a data breach. They have taken their information and the measures they have taken can protect their information in the future.

According to Marriott International, there is no reason to believe payment details, credit card numbers, passport information or driver’s licenses will be stolen, but it warns you against stealing names and details. Personal information such as birthdays, gender, address, email address, phone number, dates of loyalty members, and information about other trips, such as airline loyalty numbers and room preferences.

Starwood Hotels, a Marriott International group company, announced in November 2018 that it violated the room reservation system that disclosed personal information to 383 million hotel guests who checked in from 2014 to September 2018. Including 500,000 unencrypted passport numbers and 8 million Credit card.

The FBI was investigating data theft at the time, and investigators suspect that hackers were acting on behalf of the Chinese National Security Administration (equivalent to the CIA) and that piracy was one of the most common cyber attacks in the company's history.

The violation led to a rapid response from the European authorities, which Marriott International fined $ 123 million after the violation.

It is worth noting that this hotel services company in Maryland offers affected customers free registration of the personal data monitoring service for up to one year.


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