Hackers agreed to the personal data of 500 million passengers from their Starwood unit since 2014, including passports, credit cards, addresses and email content. The action falls due to fear of sanctions.
International the International He informed the police computer's attack on its Starwood unit backup database since 2014, in which it may be one of the largest data gap in history.
The attack worries not only because of its great size, but also because of it level of details potentially stolen by the attackers. Hakado affects some 500 million passengers, and for approximately 327 million Of them, the data included Passenger numbers, credit card details, addresses and emailssaid Marriott.
The security infringement It would only be surpassed by Yahoo, with 3 billion users exposed, in 2013. The actions of the Marriott fell by 5.6% in the operations before the market.
Regulators and consumers have intensified their sanctions against companies that have suffered security breaches, because these attacks become more severe. Last year, Target agreed to pay US $ 18.5 million to close researches that were developed in several states for an attack of 2013, while Equifax face legal action billions of dollars and regulatory research.
"The breach is so great that the company can face a large penalty of the authorities and the market considers that ", said Juan José Fernández Figares, main analyst of Link Securities in Madrid. "This is another company that has pyramed and reminded any company that manages the personal data of the customers they need to work harder to protect them from future attacks."
The statement of Marriott expresses that piracy took place years before the company acquired Starwood in an agreement estimated at approximately US $ 13,600 million closed in September 2016. The database of the Marriott contained gas information related to the reserves at Starwood properties until 10 – from September 2018. For some, it also included the details of the payment card, said Marriott, who did not identify how the criminals could be.
Although Marriott said that the details, such as card numbers, were encrypted, he could not discard the possibility that enough details were stolen to decipher this information.
The company reported the incident to the police and continued its investigation, and also began to inform the regulatory authorities.