How bad is the Starwood Hotels Data Breach

Game changer for privacy or a sign privacy is gone?

In case you missed the news, Starwood and Marriot suffered, well, a massive data breach.  If you want to read the whole long story of what and how and why, GO HERE.

The short of it

For 4 years hackers have had access to 500 million hotel records. 327 million of them have a lot of data .  Put that in context of 7 billion people in the world.  Assume 20% of people have 80% of the cash.  They are the ones likely to stay at the Marriot.  327,000,000 as a function of 7,000,000,000 is approximately 4%.  327,000,000 as a function of that top 20% of the population.

More like 24%.

Who did it?

The main suggestions being Chinese Hackers sponsored by the government or the same Russian crews who engineered in Trump and Brexit. But people tend not to own up to this stuff

Why target a hotel chain?

Lets consider the data as the answer.  If you know I am Barry, you cant do much with that.  If you know I am Barry Smith from Salisbury, that’s a bit better, especially if you want to rob my place when I am away.

But if you have my name, address, drivers license, bank card details, a copy of my passport, you can steal my identity.

The only time that information is digitised and in one secure place?

When you check into a hotel.  327 million is a lot of people

Whose going to use it

Most likely to be sold on the dark web, to steal all of our identities and we come home to find out that someone somewhere is now us.

What should you do

Realistically? Stop worrying about privacy. It’s probably over.

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