Sunday, December 02, 2018

Marriott Hotels data breach still of unknown consequences for consumers



Marriott has reported that between 300 million and 500 million hotel guests’s personal information could have been compromised by unauthorized access that it had detected in September.

The hacks occurred on the Starwood reservation system, including the Westin, St. Regis and Shearton hotels, for stays within the past four years.

It was unclear whether the second internal degree of encryption had been compromised.
   
The problem may be less serious if over time a customer’s credit cards have replaced by normal expiration.


But it is possible that other PII could have been compromised, facilitating new identities, which might get created overseas without a person’s knowledge.
  
I’ve wondered about emails, apparently spam from “Apple”, claiming I had purchased video games in Jakarta or even Belarus.  Could something turn up if I were to travel overseas (especially to a country like Russia)?

Update: Dec. 4

A New York Times story today by Ron Lieber discusses the threat, however remote, to passport holders who would travel to certain countries.  The article also mentions the "deep fake" technology as a possible complication (see Dec 4 posting on that specifically, above this one). 

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