Mall of America
http://admin.travelmole.com/images/stories/2009/images/hacker-2883632_640(8).jpg

Published on Friday, August 16, 2019

Major data breach at Choice Hotels



 





As many as 700,000 guests of Choice Hotels may have had their personal data compromised.


The data breach was entirely preventable as the information was hosted on an unsecured MongoDB database.


It was first brought to light by an internet security researcher but by that time hackers had apparently accessed it.


Hackers left a ransom note demanding $4,000 in bitcoin.


The hotel group said it has now stopped using the vendor which hosted the data, and none of its own servers were breached.


"The records did not contain payment, password or reservation information. We will be notifying affected guests to advise them of what occurred," Choice Hotels said in a statement.


"We have discussed this matter with the vendor and will not be working with them in the future. We are evaluating other vendor relationships and working to put additional controls in place to prevent any future occurrences."


Data potentially compromised included guest names, email addresses, and phone numbers.


 


 

Story Image



Your Comments

, be the first to post a comment.
Your email:






Email other comments made to this story


NOTE: Comments are subject to admin approval before being posted.
Mole Poll
'Ryanair UK pilots offer to call of strike' - Who is your sympathy with ?
Pilots 50.78 %
Ryan Air 49.22 %

Thank you for your vote


LATEST MOLES' PODCAST

Mayflower 400 ... the big event for the
UK 2019/20... experts talk about how to sell it

TravelMole talks to Missing People Charity

Tom Garzilli CMO [email protected]
talks to Graham McKenzie about
Travel Week in London and future plans

Designate talks Brexit,
HumanKind and Brighton



Move scroll bar (above) left to right for more videos!

UPCOMING EVENTS
\m