The Marriott International hotel chain said on Friday that the
database of its Starwood reservation system had been hacked and
that the personal details of up to 500 million guests going as far
back as 2014 had been compromised.
The hotel group, which runs more than 6,700 properties around the
world, was informed in September about an attempt to access the
database, and an investigation this month revealed that
unauthorized access had been made on or before Sept. 10, Marriott
said in a statement.
The hotel chain said that personal details including names,
addresses, dates of birth, passport numbers, email addresses and
phone numbers for hundreds of millions of guests may have been
Hackers also obtained encrypted credit-card information for some
customers, but it was unclear if the hackers would be able to use
those payment details.
Just awful, particularly the part about passport numbers, dates of birth, and the possibility of credit card numbers being exposed. I’m almost certainly included in this breach — I’m a longtime SPG rewards member, and definitely stayed at a few Starwoods hotels since 2014.