A Japanese search engine solely used for finding and booking rooms in love hotels across Japan, discloses a security breach.
In a statement published on its website, the company behind HappyHotel, Almex, announced that it had detected unauthorised access to its servers on December 22, 2019.
Upon discovery, Almex suspended the website, HappyHotel.jp and has since posted a notice.
Threat actors appear to have accessed the trove of sensitive information. The type of data possibly accessed includes real names, email addresses, login credentials, birth dates, gender, phone numbers, home addresses and payment card details.
The breach is reminiscent of the Ashley Madison hack in 2015, whereby a hacker stole user data from AshleyMadison.com and dumped it online, resulting in an extremely devastating situation.
HappyHotel data will contain information about those who booked rooms for extramarital sex and affairs. Thus if leaked online, affected individuals could face serious consequences including extortion attempts. With the Ashley Madison incident, many users resulted in taking their own lives.
According to a search conducted by ZDNet, a Japanese security researcher and a threat intel company, the data has not been leaked online as of yet.
“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and anxiety that may have caused our customers and other concerned parties,” said Almex.