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Personal details of 8 million online customers stolen by an Indian hacker?

An unknown Indian hacker is being charged for allegedly helping a criminal gang steal identities of an estimated eight million people in a hacking raid that could ultimately net more than £2.8 billion in illegal funds.

An unknown Indian hacker is being charged for allegedly helping a criminal gang steal identities of an estimated eight million people in a hacking raid that could ultimately net more than £2.8 billion in illegal funds.

According to an investigation conducted by Sunday Herald, a previously unknown Indian hacker has breached the IT defences of UK-based Best Western Hotel group’s online booking system and sold details of how to access it through an underground network operated by the Russian mafia.

The attack scooped up personal details of every single customer that has booked into one of Best Western’s 1312 continental hotels since 2007. The stolen data includes a range of private information including home addresses, telephone numbers, credit card details and place of employment. [Source: Times of India]

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