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Data Breach Reported by Cleartrip: User Data Traded

The company claimed to notify the Indian cyber police and are planning to take legal action if necessary.
On July 18, the airline and hotel booking company Cleartrip had a serious data breach after hackers allegedly posted the stolen data on the dark web.

In an email to consumers, Cleartrip stated that a security anomaly had allowed for unauthorized and illegal access to some of its internal systems. The site, which is run by e-commerce major Flipkart, informed that it is still looking into the matter and that it has hired a forensic team from outside to assist it. 

"We would like to reassure you that, other than some information, no sensitive information belonging to your Cleartrip account has been compromised due to this anomaly in our systems. The investigation has thus far shown that limited information including name, email address, and phone number are thought to have been impacted," a business official stated.

The company claimed that it has notified the Indian cyber police and is planning to take legal action if necessary.

After SpiceJet disclosed that it had been the target of a ransomware attack in May, hundreds of passengers were left detained at airports all around India. According to a TechCrunch report from 2020, a security researcher was able to breach SpiceJet's servers and obtain the personal data of 1.2 million passengers, including numerous government figures.

Cleartrip is a global online travel company that also operates in Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia in addition to India. This is not the first data theft that Cleartrip has experienced, a gang known as Turtle Squad hacked the website in 2017 and temporarily vandalized it, as per the reports. 

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