Maryland’s Marriot faces off new data breach, says 5.2 million guests exposed


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Maryland’s Marriot faces off new data breach, says 5.2 million guests exposed

Late on Tuesday, the 31st of March 2020, the Bethesda, Maryland-based American multinational hospitality company, Marriott International Inc., operating a broad log of luxury hotels and resorts facilities, had issued a statement saying that the hotel chain had suffered a new round of data breach what it believed might have begun in mid-January and could expose critical information of more than 5.2 million guests.

Aside from that, the Maryland-based hospitality industry tycoon, Marriott, which had faced off another data breach less than one and a half years ago on November 2018 that involved potential exposures of 50 million of its clients’ critical personal information, had also added in its Tuesday’s (March 31st) statement that the new data breach was executed by using two of its employees’ log in credential in to the hotel chain’s database, while the breached information involved a swathe of crucial personal data ranging from contact details to loyalty account information to personal details such as name, gender and address.

Nonetheless, the US multinational hotel chain major had claimed that vital information such as account passwords, passport information alongside credit card intel had not been a part of the new round of data breach. Besides, during preparation of the report, in afternoon US trading hours on Wednesday (April 1st), Nasdaq-listed shares’ prices of Marriott, which had shrugged off 54.72 per cent of its market cap from its all-time high of $152.73 reached on December 27th last year, was trading nearly 8 per cent down to $69.15 per share.