The Chinese government is apparently sophisticated enough to hack into Marriott’s reservation system, yet – just like the Russian “hack” of the DNC – reportedly left behind evidence of “hacking tools, techniques and procedures” pointing to Beijing as the culprit, according to Reuters, citing three anonymous sources with knowledge of a private internal investigation.
The hack which began four years ago exposed the records of up to 500 million customers in the Starwood hotels reservation system – now owned by Marriott, and “suggests that Chinese hackers may have been behind a campaign designed to collect information for use in Beijing’s espionage efforts and not for financial gain.”
Along with the news that Huawei’s CFO was arrested at the behest of the US, the timing of this announcement certainly puts a damper on whatever headway Trump and his administration have been making on trade with Beijing. In fact, as Reuters conveniently points out:
If investigators confirm that China was behind the…