A couple of hours after Marriott announced that its system had a huge data breach, two of its costumers from Oregon sued international hotel chain for exposing their data.
The Marriott hack is bad and huge; it is the second biggest hack after the Yahoo hack, experts say. After the hack announcement, Marriot shares saw a maximum 8.7 percent drop.
This first lawsuit was rapidly followed by another opened in the state of Maryland.
Both lawsuits are giving class-action status. For the moment the Maryland lawsuit didn’t announce the demand in money for the damages done, but we know for sure that the one in Oregon wants $12.5 billion in costs and losses. Which represents $25 for each of the 500 million users who had their personal data stolen from Marriott’s servers.
For the moment the hotel chain didn’t say, officially, for how many users were affected in this huge data breach, but they speculate that the number isn’t larger than 327 million.
Cybersecurity experts are saying that guests who stayed at Marriott’s Starwood-branded hotels in the past four years were affected.
If you have staid in any of those Starwood-branded hotels: W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Element Hotels, Aloft Hotels, The Luxury Collection, Tribute Portfolio, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, Four Points by Sheraton and Design Hotels, you need to make a trip to the bank and cancel all your credit cards because most likely you will be involved in some kind of cyber fraud sooner or later.
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
The two undergoing class-action lawsuits against Marriott aren’t expected to be the only ones. Most likely these lawsuits will be merged together to simplify court proceedings.
If you are looking forward to get some compensations from the famous hotel chain keep in mind that such class-action lawsuits usually take years to reach trial and in most instances end with a settlement. We presented you the example of, Uber who agreed, a couple of weeks ago, to pay $148 million to settle a class-action for its 2016 data breach; Yahoo, too. agreed to pay $85 million for the 2014 data breach that leaked the personal details of 500 million users.
Keep in mind that our modern society is dependent on computers, mobile devices, and the use of the internet always stay safe and secured.
We would continue to monitor the cybersecurity world. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.