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British Airways Frequent Flyer Program Grounded

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Mar 31, 2015.

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    British Airways recently acknowledged that they suffered a security breach impacting their frequent flyer program. This is yet another security breach to impacted loyalty program systems. Earlier this year both American Airlines and United Airlines suffered security breaches where user accounts were compromised by criminals using stolen account credentials.

    Loyalty programs may seem to be unusual targets for criminals as they often don’t hold credit card or other financial information. However, what is often overlooked is that not only do loyalty programs contain a large amount of personal data, data which could be used for later spear-phishing or identity theft attacks, the points earned by users can be used to purchase tickets, trips and other rewards. So in effect the points in those accounts has real value.

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