The luxury hotel and resort chain, Marriot, has suffered one digital security breach after another dating back several years. The hotel chain was breached yet again in June 2022. Let's take a quick look at the details of the hack and delve into why it is so important to regularly reinforce your online security measures.
Hackers compromised a Marriott employee through social engineering. An unnamed hacker apparently fooled a Marriott employee by impersonating a business associate or person of authority, convincing him or her that it was appropriate to provide access to internal systems. There is also the potential that the breach was an inside job in which the supposedly gullible employee provided the digital miscreant with direct access to the data in question.
According to a Marriott public relations specialist, the expanse of the information accessed during the digital offensive was relatively small. The information exposed in the breach includes credit card numbers, flight information, and in-house business documents.
This breach occurred in June 2022.
The breach impacts Marriott customers. Those customers will likely experience some form of manipulation in the future, be it identity theft or financial fraud. In total, Marriott states about 400 customers were compromised in the breach. However, this figure can potentially expand in the future as additional details about the hack are revealed.
Hackers accessed a total of 20 gigs of data in the attack. The hacker(s) accessed contained highly sensitive details about Marriott customers.