ZDNet exclusively revealed the discovery of data breach associated with over 10.6 million customers stayed at MGM hotel was recently exposed on a hacker forum.
Breached data contained critical users' identities such as full name, home address, phone numbers, emails, and other general travelers' information. The list of impacted customers includes government officials, celebrities, and employees from widely known organizations.
The research team contacted both the affected individuals and the MGM hotel to verify the accuracy of the shared data, which was shortly confirmed. MGM reported the incident about the unauthorized access against their cloud server occurred last year.
MGM told ZDNet "We are confident that no financial, payment card or password data was involved in this matter."
Potential Attack Trigger Toward Spear Phishing
Identity leakages are one of the core events that hackers thrive where each line of data can be looked at as future revenue from their perspective. These data will be copied and passed around eternally in the worst scenario.
According to ZDNet, there were quite an amount of high-profile people that were impacted by this data breach. Jack Dorsey the CEO of Twitter, TV star Justin Bieber, and many other celebrities are now considered to be at high risk as hackers around the world can attack.
One of the cybersecurity attacks that victims should be aware of this type of incident is Spear Phishing. Hackers will attempt to steal personal information such as social security numbers and credit card details by sending Social Engineering oriented messages to the target person's phone number or email address.