On November 30, 2018, Marriott announced a massive data breach of their Starwood guest reservation database, exposing the personal information of 500 million guest who stayed at hotel chains including W, St. Regis, Sheraton, and Westin. If you have stayed at a Marriott owned property any time prior to September 10th of this year, you may be affected.
Marriott International has taken measures to investigate and address a data security incident involving the Starwood guest reservation database. The investigation has determined that there was unauthorized access to the database, which contained guest information relating to reservations at Starwood proprieties on or before September 10, 2018. Some information that was taken from guests include name, mailing address, e-mail address, reservation information, and potentially credit card numbers.
Marriott deeply regrets that this incident happened. From the start, Marriott moved quickly to contain the incident and conduct a thorough investigation with the help of security experts. Also, Marriott is supporting the efforts of law enforcement. Marriott says it will devote the resources necessary to phase out Starwood systems and accelerate the ongoing security enhancements to the network.
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