Orbitz is the latest victim of a major security breach, as the travel website said that as many as 880,000 payment cards may have been affected in an incident that occurred late last year.
Hackers may have also accessed the personal information of the owners of the payment cards, Gizmodo reports. Orbitz told Gizmodo that an attacker “may have accessed personal information” stored on a legacy Orbitz platform. The hack occurred between Oct. 1 and Dec. 22, 2017, but it wasn’t discovered until March 1. The current Orbitz.com website was not accessed.
“Likely accessed” information includes names, payment card information, birthdates, phone numbers, email, billing addresses, and genders, Gizmodo says. Orbitz doesn’t have any “direct evidence” that such personal information was taken, nor does the company have any evidence that passport or travel information was accessed.
Like many other companies, Orbitz is offering affected customers a year of complimentary credit monitoring and identity protection. Customers can call 1-855-828-3959 (toll-free U.S.) or 1-512-201-2214 (International) for more information.
This breaking initial report doesn’t offer much more in the way of detail, and as of this writing, Orbitz.com doesn’t seem to acknowledge the breach anywhere on its own website. We did, however, find an Orbitz page on AllClearID, as Orbitz details how it’s protecting customers affected by the incident.
The hack occurred late last year, but it’s unclear how old the stolen payment card data may have been, considering that it was stored on an older platform. So it’s at least possible that some of the breached payment card information may have been outdated.
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