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Indian Hotels Being Targeted by Russian Hacking Group for User Data: FireEye

A Russian hacking group "APT28" is targeting the hospitality sector globally and the Indian hotels and resorts must have strong Wi-Fi security in place to safeguard travellers' data from being stolen, a cyber-security company said on Friday.

APT28 has already attacked travellers in hotels throughout Europe and the Middle East in a campaign that dates back to July this year, according to the US-based company FireEye. APT28 uses various hacking techniques, such as "EternalBlue" and "Responder" sniffing passwords from Wi-Fi traffic. "One of the most concerning aspects of this operation is the victims included hotel guests who didn't do anything wrong. They didn't click a malicious link or open an attachment they shouldn't have. They simply used the Internet over Wi-Fi in their hotels," Subhendu Sahu, Acting Country Manager for India, FireEye, told IANS.