Hackers have invaded a database of hotel chain Marriott. They were given access to customer data at approximately 500 million hotel reservations.
The chain announced this on Friday in conversation with Reuters. The hackers were able to enter a server on November 19, where they had seen the reservation dates of all customers who slept in the hotel from 2014 until September 11, 2018.
With 327 million reservations, the names, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, passport numbers, account details, dates of birth and sexes were stolen.
In the case of an unspecified number of customers, the credit card information has also been stolen, but according to the hotel giant it has been encrypted. It is not clear whether the hackers have also stolen the keys to see this data.
Some of the affected hotels are also located in the Netherlands, but a spokesperson for Marriott could not say whether data from Dutch guests had been captured. This is still being investigated according to the company.
Hotels under the name Starwood are affected
Marriott has several hotels in the Netherlands, but only chains that fall under the name Starwood are affected by the data breach. From the Sheraton hotel at Schiphol and the W Hotel in Amsterdam, it is certain that they fall under the Starwood umbrella.
The names Westin, The Luxury Collection, Four Points, St Regis, Le Méridien, Aloft, Element, Tribute Portfolio and Design Hotels also come under Starwood.
United States start research
The FBI, the New York City Public Prosecutor, has announced that justice has been launched in the US state of Illinois.
The Dutch privacy authority could not say whether it received a report from the data breach from Marriot. In the Netherlands, companies are obliged to report a data breach to the Dutch Data Protection Authority within 72 hours.