The information of as many as 500 million guests at Starwood hotels has been compromised and Marriott said that it’s discovered that unauthorised access within its Starwood network has been taking place since 2014.The company said on Friday that credit card numbers and expiration dates of some guests may have been taken. For as many as two-thirds of those affected data exposed could include mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date and communication preferences.For some guests, the information was limited to name and sometimes other data such as mailing address, email address or other information.“We fell short of what our guests deserve and what we expect of ourselves,” CEO Arne Sorenson said in a prepared statement. “We are doing everything we can to support our guests, and using lessons learned to be better moving forward.” Email notifications to those who may have been affected will begin rolling out Friday.While the breach affected “approximately 500 million guests” who made a reservation at a Starwood hotel, some of those records could belong to people who had multiple stays.When the two companies announced… Read full this story
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