(Yicai Global) Aug. 29 -- One of China's leading hotel chains has leaked data from 130 million consumers with a forum poster looking to make money from the recent hack.
A poster on an online forum in the country was recently offering the data in exchange for a payment of 8 bitcoins (USD56,000).
The incident could constitute the biggest and most serious personal data breach in China in the last five years, online media outlet Jiemian News reported.
Huazhu has called in police to look into the hack, while also hiring a professional tech firm to find out whether the personal information offered for sale online is authentic.
The data involved hotel chains including Hanting, CitiGO, Crystal Orange and Ibis according to the post from the hacker. Some 123 million pieces of user registration data, 130 million pieces of customer identity information, and 240 million check-in records were leaked including identity card numbers, bank account numbers and mobile phone numbers.
Huazhu was last involved in a data leak in October 2013 when nearly 20 million check-in records from Hanting and Home Inns were leaked online due to security problems with partner Huida Yizhan, a hotel-related digital services provider.
Editor: William Clegg