August 31, 2018

Chinese hotel chain warns of massive customer data theft


China’s largest hotel chain is investigating an apparent data theft that is said to involve as many as half a billion pieces of information.

Shanghai Police are investigating what looks to be a credible post on a darknet site advertising the sale of nearly 500 million pieces of data reportedly belonging to people who stayed at the chain of hotels Huazhu operates in China.

The data being advertised is said to include ID card details and hotel registration information for guests. The cost of the data was 8 bitcoins.

The total number of people exposed by the data theft could be as many as 130 million, and the report claims that third-party security companies in China have already reviewed and authenticated the data as being a new cache, rather than a collection of previously-leaked details.

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