25 days after I submitted my request to Marriott to find out how much of my personal information was stolen during their massive data breach, I finally have an answer. Here’s what Marriott had to say: Dear Edward Pizzarello, We are in receipt of your inquiry regarding whether your personal data was involved in the recent Starwood Guest Reservation Database security incident. Based on the information you provided to us, we believe that your information was involved. Following our analysis, we believe that the following information about you was involved […]
Marriott’s CEO Arne Sorenson went on national television to tell customers a story about why their passport data was stolen as part of the data breach. The story was false. And, not just a little.
The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles and points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.
If you’ve used your credit card at a Starwood hotel in the past year you might be at risk for identity theft. In this case, the attack was centered on the point-of-sale systems at various hotels, though it doesn’t appear that the reservation system was compromised. Krebs on Security warns of the data breach, and quotes a Starwood hotels representative: “We have no indication at this time that our guest reservation or Starwood Preferred Guest membership systems were impacted,” Starwood President Sergio Rivera wrote in a letter to affected customers. “The malware was designed […]