Feeds

Marriott starts credit check service after losing data tapes

206,000 people might enroll

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

The year wouldn't be complete without another missing tape storage story, and the timeshare division of Marriott has graciously answered this call.

Marriott Vacation Club International (MVCI) this week admitted that data relating to 206,000 of its partners, employees and customers has disappeared. The missing tape storage holds individuals' credit card account information and Social Security numbers. The likes of Citibank, Bank of America and Time Warner all confessed this year to losing tape drives with crucial data as well.

“We regret this situation has occurred and realize this may cause concern for our associates and customers,” said Stephen Weisz, MVCI's president. “We have recently mailed notifications to associates, timeshare owners and timeshare customers and are available to answer any questions they may have.”

Trying to assuage fears, MVCI noted that it would take "specialized equipment" to pull the data from the lost tapes. Which is a lot like saying it takes specialized equipment to play songs purchased from Apple's iTunes. It's not quite as hard to reveal this data as MVCI would have the public think.

MVCI has told the affected that it will pay for a credit monitoring service. Hardly peace of mind, but certainly a small help.

Tape storage can go missing for a variety of reasons, including someone just misplacing the tape cartridges or losing them. In addition, companies often send the tapes to a remote facility, and the delivery service can lose the cartridges. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Ellison: Sparc M7 is Oracle's most important silicon EVER
'Acceleration engines' key to performance, security, Larry says
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Lenovo to finish $2.1bn IBM x86 server gobble in October
A lighter snack than expected – but what's a few $100m between friends, eh?
Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT
Gets back up again after half an hour though
Hey, what's a STORAGE company doing working on Internet-of-Cars?
Boo - it's not a terabyte car, it's just predictive maintenance and that
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.