Marriott Starwood breach

Marriott and Starwood properties have announced that the personal data of up to 500 million of their customers has been compromised.

Breach announced: November 30, 2018

Description of the breach: Marriot International, which includes many popular hotel brands such as, Sheraton, and W Hotels, announced that the data of up to 500 million of their guests had been compromised. The breach, which occurred from 2014 to September 10, 2018, compromised consumers’ names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers, Starwood Preferred Guest (“SPG”) account information, dates of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation dates, and communication preferences. For some, the information also included encrypted payment card numbers and payment card expiration dates.

Customers who stayed at a Starwood property should closely monitor their financial accounts, change their Starwood Prefered Guest passwords along with any other accounts where they may have used that password, and monitor their Starwood preferred guest account for suspicious activity.

Data breach period:  Customers with additional questions that are located within the United States should call Marriott’s data breach support hotline at: 877-273-9481

Data breach period:  2014 to September 10, 2018

Facebook Newsroom security update: Link

More coverage of this breach: NBC News and Washington Post