Chinese Hackers Are Likely Responsible For Marriott Data Breach, Reports Say

Sources familiar with the U.S. investigation into the Marriott data breach say they believe the Chinese government is responsible for the cyber attack

Such breaches include the 2015 Office of Personnel Management intrusion, which compromised the personal data of more than 20 million government employees, family members and applicants, and also information collected during Chinese breaches of health care institutions such as Anthem and CareFirst.

Business has not independently confirmed the report.

"They have committed cyber attacks across the world".

According to the paper, "preliminary indications show the breach was executed by hackers affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to reveal information not yet ready for public release". Now, it's been reported that the incident was part of a Chinese intelligence operation and follows a rise in cyber activity by the country, which one NSA agent said was preparation for hacks on "critical infrastructure." .

Beijing is now reeling over the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Chinese telecom giant Huawei and the daughter of the company's founder, over her alleged involvement in Iran sanction violations.

The United States is also seeking the extradition of the chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei.

That's according to a US official briefed on the investigation, who spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity in order to discuss an ongoing investigation.




The Marriott database contains not only credit card information but passport data.

Marriott was breached through Starwood, whose guest reservation database had been hacked back in 2014.

Marriott on Tuesday reiterated its previous comment on the data breach, saying in a statement: "Our primary objectives in this investigation are figuring out what occurred and how we can best help our guests".

Meanwhile, China has detained Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat who now works with the global conflict research firm International Crisis Group.

Marriott, which operates more than 5,800 properties in more than 110 countries, says it is the top hotel provider to the USA government and military personnel.

In the last few months, the Justice Department has filed several charges against Chinese hackers and intelligence officials.

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