Details Of 10 Million MGM Hotel Guests Leaked Online
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The site Under the Breach came across the leaked files on an online forum commonly used by hackers, the company told Business Insider in a Twitter message. A researcher then cross-referenced the information with publicly available data and emails that had been exposed in previous breaches, the company said. ZDNet and Under the Breach also confirmed with several people whose information appeared in the leaked files that they had indeed stayed at MGM hotels during the time period in question.
The data theft, which was first reported by the tech site ZDNet, occurred last summer but news of the leak circulated online this week. Victims appear to include celebrities, government officials and prominent CEOs and tech company employees, among other guests. Justin Bieber and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey were among the names reported. Twitter representative Giovanna Falbo declined to comment on Dorsey's behalf. USA TODAY has also reached out to Bieber's representative.
Besides details for regular tourists and travelers, included in the leaked files are also personal and contact details for celebrities, tech CEOs, reporters, government officials, and employees at some of the world's largest tech companies.
According to Irina Nesterovsky, Head of Research at threat intel firm KELA, the data of MGM Resorts hotel guests had been shared in some closed-circle hacking forums since at least July, last year. The hacker who released this information is believed to have an association, or be a member of GnosticPlayers, a hacking group that has dumped more than one billion user records throughout 2019.
The leaked data is a treasure trove for contact details for many high-profile users, working for big tech firms and governments all over the world. These users now face a higher risk of receiving spear-phishing emails, and being SIM swapped, Under the Breach told ZDNet.
MGM Resorts told ZDNet that the data was old. We can confirm this statement as from all the hotel guests we called today, none stayed at the hotel past 2017. Some of the phone numbers we called were disconnected, but many were also valid, and the right person answered the phone.
The size and the severity of this MGM Resorts security incident pale in comparison to the massive data breach that impacted Marriott hotels in 2017 when the details of hundreds of millions of users were stolen by Chinese state-sponsored hackers.
A wide range of sensitive information of millions of hotel guests has been discovered sitting on an unsecured server and accessible for anyone to view. The data was stored on a misconfigured Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 bucket belonging to Prestige Software, a Spain-based company that sells hotel reservation management software.
The personal information of more than 10.6 million former guests of MGM Resorts hotels has been leaked on a hacking forum. The data dump contained a range of Personally Identifiable Information (PII), including full names, home addresses, phone numbers, emails, and birth dates, according to an exclusive ZDNet report.
U.S. casino operator MGM Resorts International said on Thursday it was the victim of a data breach last year after an earlier report claimed that details of over 10.6 million hotel guests had been compromised.
The details in the leaked files included information on celebrities, chief executives of technology companies, reporters and government officials, the report added, citing confirmation from some of those affected.
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