The hacker breached the system of the largest travel agency of South Korea Hanatour and kidnapped personal information of more than a million customers. This is reported by the KBench.
For the return of data, the hacker demanded a one-time ransom in bitcoins. The amount of the ransom was not disclosed.
According to information from the travel agency, the hacker was able to crack the security system through complex phishing attacks and the spread of malicious software. So the attackers got access to the servers of the company, which kept the names, mobile phone numbers, social insurance, home addresses and other information of the travel company's clients.
As reported by CoinJournal, in the upcoming weeks, Hanatour will join forces with government agencies and cybersecurity companies to investigate the attack. Considering the involvement of the South Korean law enforcement, it is highly unlikely that Hanatour will pay the Bitcoin ransom.
Hanatour is considered South Korea’s largest and most reputable travel agency when measured on revenue, client base and reviews. Since 2007, the company has aggressively moved into new international markets, establishing offices in popular tourist destinations including Japan and China.