‘Colossal’ hack hits world’s biggest hotel chain as Marriott reveals credit card and passport numbers of 500 million guests may have been exposed at properties including Trump Turnberry

Friday, November 30, 2018
By Paul Martin

Marriott International said its booking system has been compromised in hack
Up to 500 million guest details may have been stolen in the data breach
Investigation found database of its Starwood hotel brand was targeted
Have you been affected by the data breach? Email tips@dailymail.com

30 November 2018

A booking database run by the biggest hotel chain in the world has been targeted by hackers in a cyber attack that could affect half a billion customers.

Marriott International announced today that 500 million guests’ data may have been exposed in breaches of the system for its Starwood portfolio that began in 2014.

The ‘data security incident’ has affected hotels including Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire as well as London’s Park Lane Sheraton Grand, Westbury Mayfair and Le Meridien Piccadilly.

The database stored information including passport numbers, dates of births, names, addresses and phone numbers for 327 million guests.

Payment card numbers and expiration dates were also stored for some.

Which? consumer rights expert Adam French said: ‘This data breach is on a colossal scale and it will be of great concern to Marriott customers.

It is vital that Marriott provides clear information on what has happened and helps anyone who has been negatively impacted.

‘Anyone worried they could be affected should consider changing their online passwords, monitor bank and other online accounts as well as their credit report to guard against potential identity fraud.

Also, be wary of emails regarding the breach, as scammers may try and take advantage of it.’

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