Possible Orbitz Breach May Have Exposed over 800,000 Payment Cards
Travel platform Orbitz announced that a possible data breach may have exposed the payment card information of 880,000 users.
The company, which discovered the breach on March 1, believes two platforms may have been breached. Customer data transmitted between January 1, 2016 and December 22, 2017 could have been affected, according to Endgadget.
In addition to payment card information, names, birth dates, gender, phone numbers, email addresses, and mailing addresses may also have been accessed, though it appears travel itineraries were not affected. The company is saying information may have been viewed, but there is no “direct evidence” the information was stolen, according to The Verge.
Expedia, who owns Orbitz, is stating the current website is safe. The two breached platforms were older systems no longer used. “Ensuring the safety and security of the personal data of our customers and our partners’ customers is very important to us,” the company said in a statement. “We deeply regret the incident, and we are committed to doing everything we can to maintain the trust of our customers and partners.”
How can you protect yourself? Security experts recommend reviewing your payment card statement each month, but especially after a data breach. If unapproved transactions appear on the statement, contact your card issuer immediately. They will likely refund the money, close the account, and send a new card.