Nov 30, 2018

Steve Weber Weighs in on Marriott Breach for ABC7 News

From ABC 7 News

Could Starwood hotel hack pose national security threat?

By Leslie Brinkley

It will take a long time to determine who was behind the Starwood Hotels and Resorts breach. While Marriott, which owns Starwood, discovered the breach in September and announced it Friday, the hack extends back to 2014.

The director of UC Berkeley's Center for Long-term Cybersecurity says many people might shrug this off, a form of "breach fatigue". But director Steve Weber says it's worth paying close attention to the intentions of the hackers.

"One view is it's a criminal gang who intends to sell that data on the black market for profit. It could also be a nation-state actor. Governments are very interested in knowing where particular people were and what hotels they stayed in, at what times of the year and for what events so there are national security implications as well."

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Steve Weber is a professor in the UC Berkeley School of Information and faculty director of Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity.

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December 12, 2018