Remember that massive breach of the Mariott-owned Starwood hotel chain from last month, which saw 500 million users’ data stolen? The New York Times reports that the intrusion was part of a larger state-sponsored intelligence-gathering effort spurred on by China‘s spy agency, the Ministry of State Security. China was suspected to be behind the attack on Mariott’s network – which took place in September – from the time the breach was discovered. That’s from various security firms’ assessments of the code and patterns used in the attack, which they deemed similar to previous operations by Chinese hackers. As you’d expect,…

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