Americas good friend and trading partner (according to some) is at it again... Marriott Data Breach Is Traced to Chinese Hackers as U.S. Readies Crackdown on Beijing WASHINGTON — The cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain that collected passport information or other personal details of roughly 500 million guests was part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering effort that hacked health insurers, other hotels and the security clearance files of millions more Americans, according to two people briefed on the preliminary results of the investigation. The hackers are suspected of working on behalf of the Ministry of State Security. The discovery comes as the Trump administration plans a series of actions targeting China’s trade, cyber and economic policies. The Justice Department is preparing to announce new indictments against Chinese hackers working for the intelligence and military services, according to four government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Trump administration also plans to declassify intelligence to reveal concerted efforts by Chinese agents, dating to 2014 or earlier, to build a database containing names of executives and American government officials with security clearances. And the administration is considering an executive order intended to make it harder for Chinese companies to obtain critical telecommunications equipment, a senior American official with knowledge of the plans said.