By Jacqueline Tempera | November 30, 2018
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office has opened an investigation into a data breach of Marriott hotels that exposed personal information of more than 500 million people.
“We’ve opened an investigation into the data breach at Marriott. This breach may have compromised the information of millions and the public deserves to know how this happened,” Healey wrote in a Facebook post.
On Friday, the hotel chain announced its Starwood reservation database was compromised, giving hackers “unauthorized access” to the system’s data dating back to 2014. The company said it identified the issue last week. The Starwood reservation database is used for a group of hotel chains Marriott purchased in 2016 including the St. Regis, Westin, Sheraton and W Hotels.
For 327 million, the information copied includes names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers, dates of birth, arrival and departure information, and reservation dates for millions of users, the company wrote on a website set up to process claims.
For some millions of people, credit card numbers and expiration dates may have been decrypted, the company others.
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