CBS News: Privacy Counsel Warns Against Sophisticated Phishing Attacks in the Wake of Marriott Breach

Nov 30, 2018

If you stayed at one of Marriott’s Starwood properties, it’s possible your data has been compromised in the massive data breach disclosed by the company on Friday. The hotel chain said about 500 million guests who booked reservations at its Starwood properties could have had information such as their birthdates, addresses and even passport numbers stolen.

Beware of Suspicious Emails

Hackers could have access to the type of information Marriott relies on to create a customized experience, including your spouse’s name, number of children and even your sleeping habits.

“All these things that hotels collect to make your experience more personalized are also things that sophisticated attackers can use to make their attacks more personalized,” said privacy attorney Paige Boshell.

She added, “It can help a phisher figure out a way to address an email to you such that you will let your guard down. You are more likely to respond to someone who appears to know you.”

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