Chinese Hackers are Suspected Behind the Massive Marriot Breach: Report

Marriot breach

According to reports the Chinese hackers are suspected to be behind the Marriot breach which exposes personal data of 500 million guests.

Sources familiar with Marriot data breach investigation said to Reuter’s hackers left some clues behind suggesting they were working for Chinese intelligence to gather information.

The hacking tools, techniques and procedures used in this attack were similar to the previous attacks attributed to Chinese hackers.

“Private investigators looking into the breach have found hacking tools, techniques and procedures previously used in attacks attributed to Chinese hackers, said three sources who were not authorized to discuss the company’s private probe into the attack.” said in the post published by Reuter’s

Sources also suggest the potential goal of hackers behind the campaign was to gather information and not for financial gain.

They also warned that since some of the tool used in the attack are already available online there is a possibility that some others may be behind the attack.

“China firmly opposes all forms of cyber attack and cracks down on them in accordance with law,”.If offered evidence, the relevant Chinese departments will carry out investigations according to law.” Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang told Reuters.

Marriot also refused to respond to the post saying that “We’ve got nothing to share,” when asked about the involvement of Chinese hackers.

Last week Marriot disclosed a data breach saying they discovered unauthorised access to their Starwood room reservation network database since 2014.

Hackers have access personal information 327 million guests such as name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest (“SPG”) account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences.

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