Information about Middle Eastern countries has been stolen by a man working for an unknown US agency.
A hacker working for a US intelligence agency hacked Booking.com's servers in 2016 and stole users' information about the Middle East. The book was released on Thursday, and the book also says that the online travel agency decided to keep the incident a secret. p>
According to De Machine: In, IT professionals who worked with Booking.com told a different story. expressed. de ban van Booking.com (English translation: The Machine: Under the Spell of Booking.com). The book's authors, three journalists for the Dutch national newspaper NRC, reported that the internal name of the breach was a "pin leak" because the breach included pins stolen from custody. p>
The book also states that the person behind the hack gained access to thousands of hotel reservations in Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The leaked information included the names of Booking.com customers and their itineraries. operating company. Who carried out American intelligence missions. The authors never identified which agency was behind the hack. p>
Hotel and travel data have long been a target of hackers working for national governments. In 2013, a US National Security Agency whistleblower exposed "Royal Door", a program by British GCHQ spies who track reservations at 350 luxury hotels around the world. The spies used the data to determine which hotel the targets were staying at so that field staff could plant bugs in their rooms. p>
In 2014, Kaspersky Lab unveiled the Dark Hotel, a multi-year campaign to use Hotel Wi-Fi. Fi networks infect the devices of targeted guests in order to gain access to sensitive information of the company. The people behind the Dark Hotel - possibly a nation-state - have taken a special interest in world-class politicians and CEOs. p>
Booking.com has not responded to them. This pub. In a preview of the book published Thursday, the authors of The Machine said a Booking.com representative confirmed that there had been anomaly activity in 2016, with security personnel dealing with the incident promptly and not being disclosed by the company. The representative said Booking.com had no legal obligation to disclose the breach because no evidence of "real negative impacts on individuals' privacy was found."
New book claims that the CIA hacked Booking.com in 2016
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