Marriott: Data Breach Affects Only 328 Million Total and 5 Million Passports
January 7, 2019
According to NY Times, Marriott initially announced that upward of 500 million guests may have been impacted by hackers breaching the Starwood reservation database. On January 4, 2019, Marriott announced that the “upper limit” of the number of Starwood guests affected was as low as 383 million, NYT reports. Marriott also clarified that 5.25 million passport numbers that were compromised in the attack were stored in an unencrypted format, reports Chicago Sun Times. Another 20.3 million password numbers were stored in an encrypted format, says CST.
Marriott has said that it will reimburse customers for the cost of getting a new passport ($110) if they have experienced identity theft as a result of the Starwood data breach.
Marriott has been sued as part of a Marriott/Starwood Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit. The lawsuit is currently before a panel of federal judges who will decide whether to consolidate all cases filed against Marriott, and if so, which district court should oversee the consolidated case.