Pompeo: China was behind cyberattack on Marriott

Chinese spies reportedly behind massive Marriott hack

China behind Marriott hotel breach, may be preparing for more hacks

The people familiar with the investigation said the Marriott breach involved the same cloud hosting space as Chinese state hackers have used in the past, and that one signature technique that involved hopping among servers also points to Chinese involvement. A case filed in October marked the first time that a Chinese Ministry of State Security intelligence officer was extradited to the United States for trial. Marriott said some of the stolen information also included payment card numbers and expiration dates.

The Marriott hacking allegation came amid heightened tensions between Beijing and Washington that encompasses geopolitics, trade, technology rivalry and espionage.

These actions are said to include indictments against Chinese hackers and declassification of intelligence reports detailing Chinese cyberespionage efforts.

Marriott itself, which operates more than 5,800 properties in countries around the world, claims to be the leading hotel provider for the United States government and military, which China was no doubt aware of. The Trump administration is also planning to declassify intelligence that shows some of China's illicit cyber activities and considering issuing an executive order that targets Chinese companies trying to get their hands on certain pieces of telecommunications equipment.

Earlier this month, Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping declared a 90-day truce in their trade dispute so the two sides could work on an agreement to avoid new tariffs and an escalated trade war.

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It uncovered the breach in September and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is understood to be investigating the matter.

In the last few months, the Justice Department has filed several charges against Chinese hackers and intelligence officials.

The hackers were suspected of working on behalf of the Ministry of State Security, the country's Communist-controlled civilian spy agency, the sources told The New York Times on Tuesday. "We have no information about the cause of this incident, and we have not speculated about the identity of the attacker".

It seems as Marriott bought itself a Chinese data breach, so to speak.

Global hotel chain Marriott is still reeling from a massive data breach, which is now being linked to Chinese intelligence efforts.

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