HotelsVietnamese couple compromise hotel giant’s database ‘for fun’.

Hack attack targets IHG hotels

The BBC was contacted by the hackers after a cyber-attack on IHG.
The BBC was contacted by the hackers after a cyber-attack on IHG. Photo Credit: GettyImages/solarseven

Hackers have told the BBC they carried out a cyber-attack against Holiday Inn owner Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) "for fun".

The BBC reported the couple said they were from Vietnam. They first tried a ransomware attack, then deleted large amounts of data when they were foiled.

The hackers, calling themselves TeaPea, contacted the BBC on an encrypted messaging app, providing screenshots as evidence that they had carried out the hack, gaining access to the firm's databases thanks to a weak password.

UK-based IHG operates 6,000 hotels around the world, including the Holiday Inn, InterContinental, Six Senses, Crowne Plaza and Regent brands.

Last week IHG customers reported widespread problems with booking and check-in.

An IHG spokeswoman disputed that the password vault details were not secure, saying that the attacker had to evade "multiple layers of security”.

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