Business Sector

700k Choice Hotels customer records leaked

Paul Bischoff reports: Hackers claim to have stolen 700,000 guest records belonging to Choice Hotels, one of the largest hotel chains in the world. Comparitech collaborated with security researcher Bob Diachenko to uncover the unsecured database, which was left exposed and accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Diachenko immediately notified the company of...

British Airways E-Ticketing Flaw Exposes Passenger Flight, Personal Data

Lindsey O’Donnell reports: A vulnerability in British Airways’ e-ticketing system could enable a bad actor to view passengers’ personal data or change their booking information. A security bug discovered in British Airways’ e-ticketing system has the potential to expose passengers’ data, including their flight booking details and personal information. Read more on Threatpost.

FBI: Nashville company Asurion paid $300K ransom after private data was stolen; former employee named as suspect

Brian Kelman reports: A Nashville corporation paid at least $300,000 in ransom to a extortionist who claimed he stole private info of thousands of employees and more than a million customers, according to new court records from an ongoing FBI investigation. Asurion, a global phone insurance and tech support company headquartered in the city, confirmed the breach but said it believes the...

SEC Investigating Data Leak at First American Financial Corp.

Brian Krebs has a follow-up to a previously reported vulnerability that exposed almost 900 million mortgage title-related documents: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating a security failure on the Web site of real estate title insurance giant First American Financial Corp. that exposed more than 885 million personal and financial records...