The travel agency that makes hotel bookings for Google employees suffered a violation, with details such as names, contact details, and credit card details possibly exposed.
Google issued a warning to her state California and sent a letter to the affected staff, explaining that social security numbers, as well as passport and driving license information are not jeopardized.
The violation affected a booking system called Sabre Hospitality Solutions SynXis, which is also used by Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CTW), a travel agency that makes hotel bookings for Google employees who leave for business trips.
Saber first learned about the violation in early May and began to alert customers immediately after that. Over 32.000 hotels around the world are said to be using this reservation system.
"Saber has advised CWT, which uses SynXis CRS, that an unauthorized party has been able to access personal information related to certain hotel bookings made through CWT. CWT then alerted Google about the issue at 16 in June, 2017 and we are now working with CWT and Saber to confirm which Google employees have been affected, "explains Google in a letter sent to employees.
“Saber's research shows that there is no evidence of gaining access to information such as social security numbers, passports, and driving licenses. However, because SynXis CRS deletes reservation information, 60 days after the hotel stay, we are unable to confirm the specific information associated with any bookings that may have been affected. "
Google continues by explaining that names, contact information, and credit card information may have been exposed, revealing that hacker had access to the booking system for several months between 10 August 2016 and 9 March 2017.
Google offers 24 employees free of charge surveillance and identity and credit card services, recommending everyone to "stay alert" for fraud and identity theft. Google employees who believe they could be victims of this security incident are advised to contact FTC or the police.
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