A massive hack into hotel group Marriott International Inc. may have been an intelligence-gathering operation by China’s government, Reuters cited unidentified sources as saying.
Private investigators found hacking tools, techniques and procedures that featured in past attacks attributed to Chinese hackers, according to the report. But other parties have access to the same tools, meaning China can only be described as lead suspect, Reuters’ sources said.
“Our primary objectives in this investigation are figuring out what occurred and how we can best help our guests,” a Marriott spokesperson told Bloomberg News by email. “We have no information about the cause of this incident and we have not speculated about the identity of the attacker.”
China’s foreign ministry didn’t immediately respond to faxed questions. The hotel group disclosed the attack last week.
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