700,000 Choice Hotels records leaked in data breach, ransom demanded

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700,000 Choice Hotels records leaked in data breach, ransom demanded

Post by IceCube » Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:29 pm

700,000 records belonging to Choice Hotels have reportedly been stolen with hackers demanding payment for their return.

Comparitech, in collaboration with security researcher Bob Diachenko, found an unsecured database containing data belonging to the hotel franchise on July 2, 2019, after the database was indexed by the BinaryEdge search engine.

The MongoDB database was available to the public with no password or authentication in play, leaving a total of 5.6 million records exposed.

According to Choice Hotels, the bulk of the records was only test information, including the payment card, password, and reservation fields; however, 700,000 records were genuine and contained information on guests such as names, email addresses, and phone numbers.

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