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Marriott claims 500 million Starwood accounts are threatened

The hotel chain announced that Friday affects the Starwood reservation database, a group of hotels that it bought in 2016, and includes St. Regis, Westin, Sheraton and W Hotels.

The Marriott said hackers gained "unauthorized access" to the Starwood reservation system since 2014, but the company identified the problem last week.

"The company recently discovered that an unauthorized party copied and encrypted data and took steps to remove it," Marriott said in a statement.

For 327 million people, Marriott says the guest information exhibited includes their names, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers, date of birth, and arrival and departure information. For millions of others, their credit card numbers and card expiration dates are potentially endangered.

The Marriott warns it can not confirm whether the hackers have managed to decipher the credit card numbers.

"We miss what our guests deserve and what we expect from ourselves, we do everything we can to support our guests and use the lessons learned to get ahead," executive director Arne Sorenson said in a statement.

The hotel chain said he reported hacking to the police. The Marriott said it would start e-mail to guests who had been involved in an offense and created an information website.
The Marriott (MAR) stock plumbing to news, fell nearly 6% in premarket trading. The combined company has 5,700 properties in more than 110 countries.

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