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1/4/2019
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Marriott Sheds New Light on Massive Breach

New information on the Starwood breach shows that the overall breach was somewhat smaller than originally announced, but the news for passport holders is worse.

Commenting on a new round of information about the massive data breach that struck Starwood Hotels, Marriott International now says that the breach was somewhat less massive than originally thought, affecting roughly 383 million records rather than the 500 million originally said to have been compromised.

The news about the passport information released is not as good: Marriott has now put a number on the breached passport records, and it's 5.25 million. That's the number of unencrypted passport numbers that were accessed; roughly 20.3 million encrypted numbers were grabbed by the perpetrators, though Marriott says that there is no evidence that the criminals got the key required for unencrypting the files.

Responding to the announcement, Matt Aldridge, senior solutions architect at Webroot, said, "A key question we need to ask is why do hotels need to store passport numbers? One of the biggest impacts of GDPR was that it forced companies to consider the personal data they hold and ask customers for, whether this data was really needed and if so how to properly protect it. This is a great example of too much data being collected and retained."

Marriott says that it will have a mechanism available on its website for guests to check in order to see whether their passport number was accessed; the company promises to update the website and notify the public when the mechanism is running.

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John Lenn
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John Lenn,
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1/9/2019 | 5:42:17 AM
5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers

Marriott also believes that about 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers were included in those records. Approximately 20.3 million encrypted passport numbers were also compromised.

Additionally, approximately 8.6 million encrypted payment cards were involved in the breach, but there is no evidence that the hackers have the mechanism to decrypt those numbers. This was the news that has been disclosed by marriot on november

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REISEN1955,
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1/7/2019 | 1:26:17 PM
Re: Even Dentists?
There is no REQUIREMENT for your number according to Clark Howard in Georgia.  People just assume so and put the numbers in. 
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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1/7/2019 | 1:16:29 PM
Required Data
Only harbor data required to perform the business function. As the article denotes there is really no reason for a hotel to keep passport information. If you can minimize the amount of sensitve data stored at the company you won't have to rely on encryption as heavily to be your saving grace.
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RSR55,
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1/7/2019 | 9:52:50 AM
Re: Even Dentists?
Your medical insurance company will need your SSN and for those covered by your policy for compliance with current law, but medical and/or dental practices should NOT require it from you.  Just politely say No.
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REISEN1955,
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1/7/2019 | 8:34:12 AM
SSN for medical use
There is a specific purpose involved, not good, and it is for potential malpractice suits. 
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Pm4zv,
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1/6/2019 | 8:36:49 PM
Even Dentists?
I can remember dental offices and such were using a "standardized" form for new patients, which asked for SSN.  I just ignored it.  But SSN for a dental office?  Sheesh.
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