Marriott confirms second data breach; confidential data of 5.2 million guests have been leaked

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American multinational diversified hospitality company, Marriott International has reported that personal data of about 5.2 million guests were breached. This is second such instance of breach for the hotel operator in less than two years.

Marriott has informed that it discovered in late February, about the breach of an unspecified property system at a franchise hotel. The hackers were able to obtain the login details of two employees, a hotel statement said, and broke in weeks earlier during mid-January.

Crucial data of guests including names, addresses, phone numbers, loyalty member data, date of birth and other travel information- such as linked airline loyalty numbers and room preferences — were breached. However, Marriott in a statement has said that information such as account passwords, payment card information and passport information were not a part of the breach.

In response to the incident, Marriott launched a web portal: mysupport.marriott.com  where the app's users can check if they're one of the 5.2 million users impacted by the security breach, and what data the hacker might have accessed.

In November 2018, Marriott said its Starwood guest reservation database was breached, potentially exposing information on about 500 million guests.

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