The Media Trust Comments On HappyHotel Search Engine Breach

A Japanese search engine used for locating Love Hotels in Japan has been breached. Similar to the Ashley Madison breach, customers are awaiting the fall-out should the data be posted online.

Experts Comments

January 07, 2020
Mike Bittner
Associate Director of Digital Security and Operations
The Media Trust
An aggregator like HappyHotel is not your average hotel booking site--it's neither for family vacations or for business trips. Users will want to keep their data private and protect information on their activities from public exposure. Apart from exploiting data for identity theft or various other forms of fraud, bad actors can extort money from users and cause irreparable damage to their private and public lives. Site owners that facilitate sensitive activities that users wouldn't want made.....Read More
An aggregator like HappyHotel is not your average hotel booking site--it's neither for family vacations or for business trips. Users will want to keep their data private and protect information on their activities from public exposure. Apart from exploiting data for identity theft or various other forms of fraud, bad actors can extort money from users and cause irreparable damage to their private and public lives. Site owners that facilitate sensitive activities that users wouldn't want made public should exercise extra security precautions to prevent breaches. Their sites, not to mention the digital third parties that support it, are likely in the crosshairs of bad actors who want to score and profit from extra-sensitive information.  Read Less
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