Marriott: The data breach that led to a $123m fine – TechHQ

  • On Tuesday (July 9), the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued a US$123 million fine to hospitality giant Marriott over a data breach discovered late 2018 that saw hackers stealing records of 399 million guests.
  • In the case of Marriott, hackers stole personal information of guests from the reservation system of Starwood hotels, which was bought over by Marriott in 2016.
  • Despite buying over the property in 2016, Marriott failed to detect the data breach that has been going on in Starwood’s system for two years prior to the acquisition.
  • “A prior breach is a real risk issue for a company to take on and needs to be considered.

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