US luxury resort hit by unusual cyberattack; employee data, guest names posted on public Internet


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One of Oregon’s most prominent luxury destinations has been victimised by an unusual cyberattack, with hackers posting employee information and a ledger of guests online in an apparent attempt to squeeze the hotel and compel it to pay a ransom.

“It’s not a new strategy. It’s just the way they are implementing it that is new ... by putting it on the public Internet in an easily searchable form,” said Brett Callow, a threat analyst for New Zealand cybersecurity firm Emsisoft. “As far as I’m aware this hasn’t been done before.”

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