Most recently, Marriott was hacked and access to customer profiles and credit card numbers was breached. I recently wrote an article about how I went from a Marriott General Member to a Platinum Elite in less than one minute. I logged onto my member profile today and was asked to change my password.
According to an article from Skift, Marriot Rewards acknowledges attempt to hack members’ accounts.
The article states that “Marriott is cutting off access to Marriott Rewards members accounts from mobile devices beginning Thursday, because of a hack, until loyalty program members change their online passwords.
Marriott has been contacting Marriott Rewards members, urging them to change their passwords because “there have been recent attempts made to gain unauthorized access to a small number of Marriott Rewards members’ online accounts.”
Update: Mariott isn’t saying how extensive the breach of Marriott Rewards ended up being. Marriott spokesperson Laurie Goldstein says: “Our IT department has told us that it is virtually impossible to know how many, if any accounts, were breached. They would not have had access to any credit card numbers or social security numbers. We have reached out to members to change their passwords proactively as a preventative measure.”
In an email, Marriott is informing members of the loyalty program that beginning August 8 they will not be able to access their Marriott Rewards accounts from a mobile device until they surf to Marriott.com and change their passwords.”