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Lawmaker: Marriott Seems 'Still in the Dark' About Data Breach

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Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

By    |   Monday, 03 December 2018 08:19 PM

Hotel giant Marriott — reeling from a massive data breach that could have affected 500 million customers — reportedly does not yet have a clear idea about how the hack occurred.

"Marriott seems to be still in the dark about a lot of what happened," Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., whose district is home to international chain, told The Hill on Monday.

"My sense is that Marriott has tried to be as transparent as it can be but they don't have a clear idea as how it happened."

The Maryland lawmaker said he spoke at length to the company's CEO on Friday, the day the breach was disclosed.

"I was very troubled about it when I heard it," Raskin told The Hill. "I thought it was a typo when I read that it affected 500 million people."

Marriott has said it is investigating the hack of its reservation system that might have exposed the personal data of 500 million people — including names and phone numbers.

Raskin told The Hill Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson said Starwood customers in particular were affected. Marriott acquired Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide two years ago.

"That tells me that they obviously did not undertake comprehensive data security precautions when the buy out took place," Raskin told The Hill.

But he told The Hill that Sorenson assured him "that they're taking it very seriously and they've set up this website that people can go to to get frequent updates about the situation and what they can do in order to protect their data."

But the CEO also explained it is still unclear how the breach happened.

"As he explained it to me, the data breach took place by hackers who essentially covered up their tracks on the way out," Raskin told The Hill. "They're not aware of who the bad actor is here. It could be a criminal gang, it could be a foreign government, it could be almost anybody."

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Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., told The Hill that "Marriott seems to be still in the dark about a lot of what happened" in a data breach announced Friday.
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Monday, 03 December 2018 08:19 PM
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