Marriott data breach: Class-action suit filed; experts ask why it wasn’t caught earlier

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Marriott’s data breach problems are only getting worse. A class action lawsuit has been filed against the hotel chain and cybersecurity experts say the whole ordeal could have been detected years ago.

Hackers stole data from as many as 500 million guests who made reservations at Marriott’s Starwood properties, including some combination of name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences.

On Friday, Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, with their co-counsel Morgan & Morgan, filed a national class action lawsuit against Marriott, alleging that the hotel chain “failed to ensure the integrity of its servers and to properly safeguard consumers’ highly sensitive and confidential information.” The suit does not disclose how much they are seeking in damages.

Making matters worse, cybersecurity experts are claiming that Marriott may have missed an opportunity to catch and correct the problem during a smaller breach in 2015.

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