© Neil Daswani and Moudy Elbayadi 2021
N. Daswani, M. ElbayadiBig Breacheshttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-6655-7_3

3. The Marriott Breach

Neil Daswani1   and Moudy Elbayadi2
(1)
Pleasanton, CA, USA
(2)
Carlsbad, CA, USA
 
The Marriott breach of 2018 was one in which 383 million records and over 5 million passport numbers were stolen. The stolen records included names, dates of birth, credit card information, and home addresses. The breach was suspected to be due to a Chinese nation-state–funded attack in support of espionage efforts. It occurred due to three key causes:
  1. 1.

    Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels without uncovering a breach at Starwood as a part of due diligence around the acquisition

     
  2. 2.

    Poor security culture, staffing, and “technical ...

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