Marriott is disclosing a huge database violation this week, impacting almost 500 Million users of its Starwood hotels, which the firm first purchased in 2016. A security probe has completed that there was illegal access to a database having records of hotel guest. “Marriott learned at the time of probe that there had been illegal access to the Starwood network from 2014,” claims a statement from the firm. The Starwood security violation impacts a number of branded hotels controlled by Marriott, comprising Sheraton, W Hotels, Westin, St. Regis, and more.
The breach compromises 327 Million records of some combination of mailing address, name, email address, phone number, SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) account information, passport number, communication preferences, gender, date of birth, reservation date, and departure & arrival information.
Marriott is not offering an exact figure, but some guests at the hotel will have had their information of payment card leaked. Marriott did encrypt this data employing AES-128 (Advanced Encryption Standard encryption), but the firm notes both components required to decrypt the data may have been compromised.
On a similar note, Reddit, the social media network, earlier claimed that a hacker broke into handful of its networks and authorized some consumer data. This data comprised present email ids and a backup of 2007-database having old encrypted passwords.
The hacker accessed a copy of an old database backup. This backup had very early Reddit consumer information data from the platform’s roll out in 2005 till May 2007, claimed the social media network to the media in an interview. “Even though this was a dangerous attack, the hackers did not attain write access to Reddit networks; they attained read-only access to some networks that had source code, backup data, and other logs,” claimed Christopher Slowe, founding engineer at Reddit, to the media in his statement.
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