Marriott BREACH CLUB – Learn from one of the largest breaches in history

Download: Marriott Breach – From Info-Tech Research Group – Courtesy of IT Chapter

The temperature is certainly rising at Marriott’s Headquarters since one of the largest data breach in history was discovered on Sep 8, 2018.

It turned out that since 2014, Marriott’s guests got free tickets to the Breach Club.

Indeed, Marriott International has disclosed a data breach of 500 million guest records – one of the largest breaches in history.

Some 5 million passport numbers, guests’ full private information, credit card numbers and most sensitive travel plans got stollen for over 4 years.

What is known:

  • Clues in the breach link it to a nation-state attack from somewhere in Asia;
  • Attackers accessed the data via a database containing guest information. They’ve been inside the Marriott network since 2014;
  • Experts have hypothesized it was via a phishing attempt;
  • To avoid data loss prevention tools, the attackers encrypted and exfiltrated the data (including credit card numbers).

To learn from one of the largest breaches in history, and what to do (or not to do) to avoid being part of the BREACH CLUB, we invite you to download your copy of Info-Tech Research Group Brief Research Note, a courtesy of IT Chapter.

 

Olivier Abecassis

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