Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth holds cyber security event – as hotel chain reveals major data breach

Natasha Fletcher, senior researcher for the Police and Crime Commissioner's office at the free anti-scamming event at the Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth. Picture: Sarah Standing (180856-2686)
Natasha Fletcher, senior researcher for the Police and Crime Commissioner's office at the free anti-scamming event at the Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth. Picture: Sarah Standing (180856-2686)
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DOZENS of people attended a scam awareness event at a hotel – just as it emerged the hotel chain had suffered a major data breach.

The event took place as the Marriott group revealed hackers had potentially accessed 500m of its users’ details. It only affected those on their Starwood system.

More than 50 people including community groups and police were at the Marriott Hotel in Southampton Road, Portsmouth, on Friday.

Speaking at the event, Ben Barringer, executive director at investment firm Quilter Cheviot said: ‘The interesting thing about today is that we're presenting in a Marriott hotel, and this morning they released a statement saying they’ve lost 500 million records.

‘Most shocking for me is that they’ve been losing data since 2014.

‘The average time to discover you've been hacked for a corporate is 243 days.

‘So that is a very, very scary number.’