Fewer affected in Marriott hack, but passports a red flag
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Marriott says fewer guest records were compromised than feared in a previously announced data breach.
But the largest hotel chain in the world confirmed Friday that approximately 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers were accessed. The compromise of those passport numbers has raised alarms among security experts because, combined with names, addresses, and other personal information, they can be used to open fraudulent accounts or be used by foreign operators.
The FBI is leading the investigation of the hack and investigators suspect the hackers were working on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security. The hackers accessed about 20.3 million encrypted passport numbers.
There is no evidence that they were able to use the master encryption key required to gain access to that data.
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