BETHESDA, Md. | Fewer affected in Marriott hack, but passports a red flag
BETHESDA, Md. —Jan 04, 2019— Marriott says fewer guest records were compromised than feared in a previously announced data breach.
But the largest hotel chain in the world confirmed Friday that approximately 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers were accessed.
The compromise of those passport numbers has raised alarms among security experts because, combined with names, addresses and other personal information, they can be used to open fraudulent accounts, or be used by foreign operators.