Feeds

A-list celebs, biz barons' privates EXPOSED in limo hire hack – report

Data harvest linked to Adobe source, database swipe

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Personal information, financial records and salacious details about 850,000 celebrities, top executives and other customers were swiped by hackers from a limo-booking software company, it is claimed.

The attacked biz, said to be CorporateCarOnline based in Missouri, brokers reservations for limousines and other rental cars nationwide. The firm has yet to respond to The Register's request for comment.

Fortune-500 chief execs and A-list celebs are believed to be among those whose credit card details and addresses were dumped in a plain-text archive on the same servers that housed source code and private data slurped from Adobe and PR Newswire by miscreants.

Investigative journo Brian Krebs, who broke the news of the data raid with Hold Security, reckons the limo bookings grab is therefore part of a larger hacking operation.

"On September 28, Hold Security Deep Web Monitoring identified a database with nearly 10 million records on the same server where Adobe and PR Newswire data was found," Hold said in its report. "[The database] was identified to belong to CorporateCarOnline, who later confirmed the ownership."

It's likely the attackers exploited security shortcomings in Adobe's ColdFusion platform to lift the database some time before September 10.

According to Krebs, the infiltrators were able to access details on captains of industry to film and basketball stars. Other possible casualties of the attack include a number of US politicians and executives at companies including Boeing, Morgan Stanley and, er, Lego.

In addition to plundering customer credit-card details and exposing VIPs' travel plans, Krebs suggested that miscreants armed with the treasure trove of information could blackmail or coerce high-profile targets or otherwise compromise their businesses and family lives.

"This database would be a gold mine of information for would-be corporate spies or for those engaged in other types of espionage," he wrote. "Records in the limo reservation database telegraphed the future dates and locations of travel for many important people."

Perhaps he's also referring to this message found in the data dump, which was apparently sent to a customer after a stretch Hummer was rented: "We do not allow any sexual activities in the car and we have found sex toy while cleaning the car. We have charged your card for cleaning fee of $100 since we had to send [the] limousine to the car wash to get it detailed after all the activities during your rental."

Oh-err. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
'Applying multiple security updates is extremely difficult'
Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods
Not just web servers under threat - though TENS of THOUSANDS have been hit
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole
Update your gear now to avoid early attacks hitting the web
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Who.is does the Harlem Shake
Blame it on LOLing XSS terroristas
Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'
Want to register that domain? We're way ahead of you.
Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished
UK data watchdog rolls up its sleeves, polishes truncheon
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.