What Marriott's 2018 Data Breach Means For You

Marriott's Starwood database was hacked, potentially exposing the data of 500 million people.

On Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, Marriott announced that hackers gained unauthorized access to its Starwood reservation database. 

It's estimated that for 327 million people the exposed information includes their names, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers, date of birth and arrival and departure information. For millions of others, credit card numbers and card expiration dates are potentially compromised.

“The names, addresses, passport numbers and other sensitive personal information that was exposed is of greater concern than the payment info, which was encrypted," said Ted Rossman, an industry analyst at CreditCards.com. "People should be concerned that criminals could use this info to open fraudulent accounts in their names." 

The hotel chain is working with law enforcement regarding the issue and will be emailing affected guests affected. Marriott has also created a dedicated webpage for answering basic questions about this incident.

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