Data breach inside Marriott empire; as many as 500M guests affected

(CG) IN CONSUMER COVERAGE — MILLIONS OF STARWOOD HOTEL GUESTS — MAY HAVE HAD THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION STOLEN — AFTER THE CHAIN'S RESERVATION SYSTEM WAS HACKED (SN) WE FIRST BROUGHT THIS TO YOU AT NOON

THE BREACH– MAY HAVE PUT 500 MILLION GUESTS AT RISK OVER A FOUR YEAR PERIOD NEW TONIGHT- THE RHODE ISLAND ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE IS SHARING STEPS YOU NEED TO TAKE– IF YOU THINK YOUR INFORMATION– WAS COMPROMISED (CG) EYEWITNESS NEWS ANCHOR SHANNON HEGY JOINS US IN STUDIO WITH THE DETAILS — NEW AT FIVE THIRTY (HE) STEVE AND CAROLINE– THE COMPANY SAYS THE DATABASE BREACH WAS IDENTIFIED LAST WEEK — BUT IT HAS BEEN OCCURRING SINCE 20-14– IN WHAT MAY BE ONE OF THE LARGEST DATA BREACHES ON RECORD COMPANY OFFICIALS SAY GUESTS' ADDRESES, DATES OF BIRTH AND PASSPORT NUMBERS WERE EXPOSED THROUGH ITS STARWOOD RESERVATIONS SYSTEM

SOME CUSTOMERS' CREDIT CARD NUMBERS AND EXPIRATION DATES WERE ALSO COMPROMISED "I'm worried about my information out there in the hands of someone that's going to do wrong by it" MARRIOTT FIRST WAS ALERTED IN SEPTEMBER, BUT LEARNED DURING THE INVESTIGATION UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS HAD BEEN GOING ON SINCE 2014 THE BREACH AFFECTS: SHERATON, WESTIN, ELEMENT, ALOFT, W HOTELS, ST REGIS, FOUR POINTS, LE MERIDIEN AND THE LUXURY COLLECTION, ALONG WITH STARWOOD BRANDED TIMESHARE PROPERTIES

ALL WERE STARWOOD PROPERTIES BEFORE MARRIOTT ACQUIRED THE COMPANY IN 2016 NO MARRIOTT BRANDED HOTELS WERE AFFECTED THE RHODE ISLAND ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE IS URGING PEOPLE TO TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT THEIR CREDIT what we're susggesting to anybody who believes they have been to a starwood property over the last for years is to go ahead an put a credit freeze on their accounts what a credit freeze will do will provide an extra layer of security should somebody try to open a credit card or gain credit in your name MARRIOTT CEO ARNE SORENSON APOLOGIZED FOR THE BREACH, SAYING: "WE FELL SHORT OF WHAT OUR GUESTS DESERVE AND WHAT WE EXPECT OF OURSELVES"

(HE) MARRIOTT IS ALERTING CUSTOMERS THROUGH EMAIL — AND HAS SET UP A DEDICATED WEBSITE FOR THOSE – WITH QUESTIONS I'M SH, EWN