Hackers gain access to 880,000 payment cards through Orbitz

Hackers have managed to gain access to a treasure trove of critical information, including, names, phone numbers, payment card details, billing addresses and e-mails from the partner platform of Orbitz, a subsidiary of Expedia Inc.

Orbitz, a subsidiary of online travel agency Expedia Inc has disclosed that hackers have been able to access personal information from nearly 880,000 payment cards.

After an investigation Orbitz came to the conclusion that the breach is likely to have occured between January 1, 2016 and December 22, 2017 for its partner platform and between January 1, 2016 and June 22, 2016 for its consumer platform.

Information, including, names, phone numbers, billing addresses and e-mails may have been accessed by hackers said Orbitz.

However, its own website, Orbitz.com, has not been affected by the hack.

“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,” said Orbitz.

Significantly, Orbitz said hackers were not able to access the social security numbers of U.S. customers.

Orbitz discovered the hack in March 2018.

Significantly, American Express Co stated, the hack did not compromise its platforms.

The hacking incident is the latest security incident in the travel industry and follows hacks on global hotel chains, including Hyatt Hotels Corp and InterContinental Hotels Group Plc in 2017.

With the news reaching the market, Expedia’s shares fell by 1.9% to $108.99.

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