Hotel Hippo booking site taken down

HotelHippo has been taken offline after security expert finds various flaws in its IT systems. A hotel booking site has been condemned by a security expert after leaving users personal details easily accessible to hackers. Scott Helme, an information security consultant, uncovered several flaws in the HotelHippo site while trying to book accommodation for a trip to the Lake District.

They included the presence of an SQL injection vulnerability on the site, as well as PCI compliance breaches and HTTPS configuration issues. He was able to test this out further by creating several bookings featuring fake credit card data, which he stressed was information that was irretrievable when pulling out other people’s bookings. Once a booking is made, the site then emails users confirmation of the transaction, which Helme discovered could potentially provide cyber criminals with the ammunition needed to launch a convincing phishing attack.

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