The world’s biggest hotel chain Marriott International today disclosed that unknown hackers compromised guest reservation database its subsidiary Starwood hotels and walked away with personal details of about 500 million guests.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide was acquired by Marriott International for $13 billion in 2016. The brand includes St. Regis, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, W Hotels, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Aloft Hotels, Tribute Portfolio, Element Hotels, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection, Four Points by Sheraton and Design Hotels.
The initial Marriott hack took place in 2014. An internal security tool notified Marriott personnel of suspicious activity in September of this year, though the hotel giant claims that it only found the breach last week.
Hackers are a dangerous group of people because they ignore all kinds of rules, regulations, boundaries to wreck havoc and enjoy creating chaos on a mass scale.
The solution to hacking problem is building a national army of patriotic hackers who will use their abilities to stop the “bad hackers” because these patriotic hackers are not lawless renegades. We can put to good use these law-abiding hackers to stop those who use hacking to cause sheer harm. The real problem is not too many bad hackers, but too few good hackers to stop the bad ones.