Almost 130 million clients of Huazhu Hotels Group are affected by the largest data leak on the mainland China as investigated by Shanghai police. Huazhu owns more than 10 hotel brands with manages 3800 and above hotels across 382 mainland cities in China. On Tuesday, Hauzhu claims for the data breach by investing their clients’ personal data and all booking information were posted on a dark web forum to sale them.
The Dark Web is a small part of the deep web that is not indexed by web search engines where sites sell drugs, counterfeit money among other activities.
As per the official source of local media in China, the disclosed information included 240 million lines of data including contact numbers, email addresses, bank account details, booking details were made public on the dark web for 8 Bitcoin (US$56000).
Official comments given by Huazhu made on Wednesday morning saying that, “Those who commit illegal acts including theft, trading, and exchange of residents’ personal data will be heavily punished,” the Shanghai police said in a statement. “We are resolute in protecting people’s interest and ensuring information security.”
Further, she said in her statement that the proper investigations have been made. Besides this, the media report claimed for the personal data to have been hacked in early August especially when Huazhu programmers and developers uploaded detailed information on GitHub which is a service platform that let engineers reconcile and collaborate on developing software coding.
Let us not forget that the privacy and security have been paramount in all organization that preserves and maintains a large database system. So there is a need to have proper safeguards in place that streamline an entire process!!