An open database belonging to Autoclerk, a service owned by Best Western Hotels and Resorts group, exposed records containing the sensitive information of hotel customers as well as US military personnel and officials. "Thousands" of individuals were reportedly impacted, and data including full names, dates of birth, and phone numbers, were exposed.
This leak poses a significant risk to the US government due to the amount of sensitive data that may have been exposed. Reaching an all-time high in 2018, 4iQ found that the government sector was the fastest growing sector in the number of breach packages circulating the underground Breach Economy, increasing annually by 291%.
Data breaches are a common occurrence and can end up compromising information belonging to thousands or millions of us in single cases of a successful cyberattack.