Marriott breach: Here’s the risk of a compromised passport number

Unrecognizable traveler checks in at the airport by using a self serve kiosk.

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Unrecognizable traveler checks in at the airport by using a self serve kiosk.

A compromised passport number could be your ticket to identity theft woes.

Marriott International announced Friday that hackers had accessed the reservation database for its Starwood Hotels brand, compromising data for 500 million guests.

For 327 million of those affected consumers, the hotelier said, the information compromised “includes some combination of” data points including name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number and date of birth. Some of those guests may also have had their payment card information compromised.

“For the remaining guests [in that 500 million total], the information was limited to name and sometimes other data such as mailing address, email address or other information,” they said.

Experts say the potential for stolen passport numbers makes it more important for affected travelers to keep an eye on their accounts and take steps to protect themselves. (See tips below.)

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