Millions of users’ data has been put at risk of exposure in the Prestige Software data breach. Prestige Software operates on behalf of some of the biggest hotel online services, including Booking.com, Expedia, and Hotels.com, storing their users’ guest data in an online cloud database.
If you have been affected by the Prestige Software data breach, you could be eligible to make a data breach compensation claim for any distress caused by loss of control of your personal information. If your data has been targeted by criminals and you have suffered as a result of scams or fraudulent activity, you could also be eligible to make a compensation claim for any losses and expenses incurred.
Whether a claim could be brought or not may depend on the extent of the exposure and the potential risks that may be involved.
More about the Prestige Software data breach
The Prestige Software data breach comes after experts warned of online hotel services being easily breached and being highly susceptible to significant data breaches and cyberattacks. Prestige Software was discovered to have what appears to be inadequate security in place for its online databases that store highly sensitive customer information.
Website Planet’s security team is understood to have discovered anomalies amongst the security risks of Prestige Software’s online cloud database. The Prestige Software data breach essentially arises from an online cloud database being accessible to the general public. It is understood that anyone who wishes to hack into the cloud server could do so with relative ease, leaving customers’ sensitive information exposed and at risk.
We know that criminals use the same methods to find unsecured databases as security researchers do. At this stage, we have no idea if the database has already been hacked into by criminals.
What information is involved in the data breach?
It has been reported that the Prestige Software cloud server currently holds more than 10 million guest user files. The files include customer names, full addresses, credit card information, National Insurance numbers, and more. There is thought to be a total of 24.4 gigabytes of customer data at risk of being exposed that could be easily accessed by criminals.
The data involved in the Prestige Software data breach is of a highly sensitive nature and, if accessed by criminals, could put victims in serious danger. The credit card information alone could leave victims vulnerable to fraudulent activity, along with cold calls and phishing email scams being directed to them. If National Insurance numbers are accessed, victims could be at risk of being the victim of a stolen identity, which can cause a great deal of upset and distress.
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If you have had your data stolen or exposed in this breach, it is important that you get in touch and make a data breach claim if you need to. We know how distressing it can be when your personal information is affected by a data breach, which is why we are here to help.
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First published by Matthew on November 23, 2020
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