Η HappyHotel, a Japanese search engine used to find "love hotels"Or"sex hotels»Revealed one infringement data that took place at the end of 2019.
Sex hotels, as witnessed by their name, are hotels that are mainly used for sexual activities. Visitors are married couples but also illegal lovers. The hotels they exist all over the world but are more popular in East Asia and especially in Japan.
HappyHotel.jp: Data breach
What was violated is the HappyHotel.jp, one website which works similar to Booking.com. It helps users find the right hotel and make reservations. The difference is that the search is limited to sex hotels in Japan.
Hackers have probably been able to access a large amount of their sensitive information users of the site.
Probably leaked information is: names, emails, credentials, dates of birth, gender information, phone numbers, home addresses and card details. payment.
Almex suspended operation of the site and posted a violation notice. The site is closed by Christmas.
"We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and concern that may have been caused to our customers and other stakeholders," Almex said.
Beyond HappyHotel, it closed Loveinn Japan, another sex hotel search engine, also managed by Almex. However, in this case there was no notification so we do not know if a similar breach occurred data.
The hackers haven't exposed the data online (yet)
Experts security have done research and have not located, still at least, user data by HappyHotel.jp.
However, there is a great risk as the data given on sex hotel reservations is very personal. The breach incident is reminiscent of what happened in 2015, when one hacker stole and leaked data by AshleyMadison.com, a dating site.
The data available at HappyHotel can expose people who have visited sex hotels to spend the night with their lovers. Such a leak could cause them great problems.
Hackers can exploit the situation to blackmail their "naughty" spouses and ask them for money so they won't reveal their secret.