700,000 Choice Hotels records leaked in data breach, ransom demanded
Threat actors claim to have stolen 700,000 records containing personal information of Choice Hotels guests and want the hotel chain to pay 0.4 Bitcoin (over $4,000) for the data that had been stored in an unsecured MongoDB database. The exposed data includes guest names, email addresses, and phone numbers.
Last month, security researchers stumbled upon the leaky sever and notified Choice Hotels. But before the chain could fix the issue, threat actors stole a large chunk of records from it and added a ransom note. It seems the hackers tried to wipe the stolen data afterward, but failed to do so.