Marriott updates hack report: Fewer affected but passports compromised

The hotel chain says Chinese hackers were behind the breach that affected customers of its Starwood brand. Will the update help allay consumer fears?

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Marriott’s security breach update is good news (sort of) and bad news.

The bottom line: Fewer customers were affected, but passport data was compromised.

The hotel chain says Chinese hackers were behind the breach, and even with the revised figures, down to 383 million records as the upper limit, the breach is still the largest data loss in history, greater than the Equifax breach or any other recent data breaches.

The number of passports that might have been compromised tops out around 5.25 million, which—given Marriott’s promise to replace passports for affected customers—carries a price tag of $577 million.

The New York Times reported:

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