Orbitz Identifies Security Breach That Impacts 880,000 Payment Cards

Mar 20, 2018

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Orbitz, a subsidiary of Expedia, said on Tuesday that information from about 880,000 payment cards has potentially been exposed to hackers after the company experienced a security breach.

Orbitz said customers who used its website to book a flight between January 1, 2016, and December 22, 2017, are at risk of having their personal information compromised. That information includes credit card information, addresses and phone numbers of customers based in the United States, according to a statement from Orbitz. The breached information did not include customers’ social security numbers. So far, the “data security incident” has not found any evidence of unauthorized access to customers’ personal travel information.

“To date, we do not have direct evidence that this personal information was actually taken from the platform, and there has been no evidence of access to other types of personal information, including passport and travel itinerary information,” Orbitz said in the statement.

Credit card company American Express said in a statement that the security breach did not affect any of its platforms.

This is the latest security breach in the travel sector to make headlines. Uber, IHG Rewards and Hyatt Hotels all experienced breaches within the past couple months. Toward the end of 2017, Equifax suffered a security breach that allowed hackers access to more than 145 million Americans’ personal data. Chase Bank also experienced a glitch earlier this year that leaked its users sensitive financial data.

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