Booking com was violated and did not inform anyone

A hacker working for a US intelligence service broke into servers in 2016 and stole user data from the Middle East, according to a book published Thursday. The book also states that the online travel agency chose to keep the incident a secret.

Amsterdam-based made the decision after calling on the Dutch intelligence service, also known as the AIVD, to investigate the breach of the company's servers. Following legal advice, the company did not notify the affected customers or the Dutch Data Protection Authority. booking

The reason; was not legally required to do so because no sensitive or financial information was accessed.

But ITs working on told a different story, according to De Machine: In de ban van The book's authors, three journalists from the Dutch newspaper NRC, report that the internal name for the breach was "PIN leak" because the breach involved stolen PINs from bookings.

The book also states that the person behind the hack had access to thousands of hotel reservations in Middle Eastern countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The leaked data concerned customer names and their travel plans.

Two months after the breach, U.S. private investigators helped security determine that the hacker was an American working for a company that was contracting for US intelligence services. The authors did not specify which service was behind the invasion.

Hotel reservation data and travel plans are a highly sought after product for hackers working for a state. In 2013, an informant of hers NSA unveiled the "Royal Concierge", a British spy program GCHQ who watched reservations at 350 luxury hotels around the world. The intelligence services use this data to identify the target hotel so that they can place bed bugs in their rooms.

In 2014, Kaspersky Labs unveiled the Dark Hotel, a campaign that used hotel Wi-Fi networks to infect the devices of targeted visitors in order to gain access to sensitive information. The hackers behind the Dark Hotel - which probably worked for a government - showed particular interest in C-level politicians and executives.

The authors of The Machine reported that a spokesperson confirmed that there was unusual activity in 2016, and that security personnel responded immediately to the incident. He also admitted that the company never revealed it because it had no legal obligation to do so.

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