Expedia business unit Orbitz confirms 880,000 payment card data breach

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Orbitz, a travel fare gathering website and a business unit of another popular travel website Expedia has made it official that payment card info of more than 880,000 of its customers was leaked to hackers last year.

The IT staff of Expedia investigating on the issue found that hackers might have accessed the personal info between Jan 1, 2016, and Dec 22, 2017, and have confirmed that data related to names, phones numbers, emails and billing addresses might have been leaked in the cyber incident.

Orbitz confirmed that the breach was discovered in March this year during an audit conducted on digital records. And the company said that it will offer a free credit monitoring service to all those affected for one full year.

However, Credit card Company American Express said that the attack did not compromise its platforms and so those using or who have used the said company payment gateways might breathe of a sign of relief.

But as per the highly placed sources of Cybersecurity Insiders, all those customers who have booked their travel through Amextravel.com have been affected by the cyber attack.
And as soon as the details of the breach were leaked by the media, Expedia shares fell as much as 1.9% to $108.99.

Note- Headquartered in Chicago, Orbitz is known to offer lower airline fare from companies like Delta Airlines, Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and United Airlines. Officially launched in 2001, Orbitz was acquired by Expedia in Feb’15 for $1.2 billion in cash to compete with Priceline.com. The Illinois based Expedia subsidiary runs Sun Microsystems Jini platform in a clustered java environment.

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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