World’s Largest Hotel Booking Site Breached by U.S. Secret Service in 2016: Report


The world’s largest hotel reservation site, Booking.com, was violated by an American acting on behalf of U.S. intelligence in 2016, who stole details of thousands of Middle East reservations, but the site kept silence, a new book written by three Dutch journalists. complaints.

The book, Machine [The Machine], which released on Thursday, took a look at the fortune of Booking.com, which turns 25 this year.

Former NSA hacker Jake Williams likened the breach to the one at the personnel management office [OPM] in the United States in 2015, which compromised U.S. government employees.

“OPM: Compromised US government employees (and candidates?), Major criminal event, charges against Chinese government hackers,” he said in a tweet.




“Reservation[.]com: Anyone using the potentially compromising site, attributed to the United States, must be a “legitimate target”, uninformed victims. ”

The breach was discovered by accident, an unauthorized person gaining access to a server that was not properly secured.

The information stolen included the names of clients from the Middle East and their travel itineraries, including people from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

The Dutch national newspaper NRC, which employs the three scribes, noted the Dutch intelligence service AIVD was informed of the break-in, but neither the data subjects nor the Dutch data protection authority were informed.

The website told NRC it was not legally required to report the violation. Booking.com’s own tech workers were not happy to remain silent about the burglary, according to the report. Dutch law at the time specified that those who were harmed had to be notified.

In 2013, Americans reportedly spied on hotel websites to find out about the movements of foreign diplomats in order to wiretap them. Documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden showed Britain’s GCHQ had a special program for this activity called the Royal Concierge.

NRC quoted a former Booking.com employee as saying that it would have been unthinkable that Booking was not included in this program.

With the help of US investigators, the person who carried out the hack was identified and named as Andrew who worked for one of the US intelligence services.

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