Written by Canarian Weekly Business
THE personal records and information of a staggering 500 million guests, linked with Marriott International, have been involved in a data breach.
The hotel chain, with multiple accommodations in Spain and the UK, has announced that the guest-reservation database of its Starwood division has been accessed by an unauthorised party.
An internal investigation revealed that the hacker gained access to the Starwood records, going all the way back to 2014. Customers affected will be notified, according to Marriott International.
Starwood brands include W Hotels, Sheraton, Le Méridien and Four Points by Sheraton.
The details, believed to have been accessible to the hackers, are said to include each customers’ name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, date of birth, gender, arrival-and-departure information, reservation date and communication preferences.
It is not known whether the hackers had access to the payment details of all 500 million guests
A Marriott spokesperson said the company was alerted by an internal security tool, that an unauthorised party was trying to gain access to the Starwood database.