Travel fare aggregator Orbitz says attacker may have accessed 880,000 payment cards

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Orbitz, a travel fare aggregator and subsidiary of travel company Expedia, reportedly announced on Tuesday that it recently uncovered evidence that one of its platforms may have been hacked, potentially exposing 880,000 payment cards.

According to Reuters and several other publications, Orbitz discovered the breach on March 1 during an investigation into a legacy Orbitz platform. An attacker may have accessed personal information stored on consumer and business partner platforms, the company reportedly said in a statement.

Orbitz said it took immediate steps to investigate the incident and boost security and monitoring of the affected platform.

We reached out for comment and Orbitz confirmed the breach in a statement provided to TechSpot via e-mail.

Orbitz said an attacker may have accessed personal information that was submitted for certain purchases between January 1, 2016, and December 22, 2017, on the partner platform and between January 1, 2016, and June 22, 2016, on the consumer side. Data including names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, gender, dates of birth and billing addresses could have been compromised.

To date, however, the company claims it does not have direct evidence that any personal information was actually taken from the platform. Furthermore, Orbitz said there is no evidence that other types of personal information such as travel itineraries or passports were accessed.

The obvious question at this point is why Orbitz / Expedia never bothered to take down a “legacy” platform filled with customer information.

According to reports, the current Orbitz website was not involved in the breach.

The company is said to be offering affected parties one year of free credit monitoring and identity protection service.

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I bet they were telling everyone that their card info was secure. :eek: My solution is in not leaving my card data on a site like this where I would not often use it.
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One reason I generally book directly through the hotel assuming all prices are equal which I have found to be the case a lot of the time. I also try to avoid these booking sites because I have had too many cases between myself and family/friends where bookings are lost or unknown to the hotel. That's a big pain when you are on the road for hours and now at a hotel that doesn't even know you exist.
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"The obvious question at this point is why Orbitz / Expedia never bothered to take down a “legacy” platform filled with customer information"
because that would cost money and take time.