Data breaches have moved from the financial industry, to the healthcare industry, and in a matter of months hackers seem focused on the travel industry now. United Airlines announced a data breach that was linked by some to the same group of Chinese hackers that routinely serve as the culprit. And more recently, American Airlines and the travel reservation company Sabre have announced data breaches again linked to Chinese Hackers:
A group of China-linked hackers that has mowed through the databanks of major American health insurers and stolen personnel records of U.S. military and intelligence agencies has struck at the heart of the nation’s air-travel system, say people familiar with investigations of the attacks.
Sabre Corp., which processes reservations for hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotels, confirmed that its systems were breached recently, while American Airlines Group Inc., the world’s biggest carrier, said it is investigating whether hackers had entered its computers.
Data is everywhere, and it appears at least that a subset of Chinese hackers are intent on gathering as much as possible. This effort to collect travel data, which presumably includes geo-location data, should put car companies on notice after they have recently been exposed as especially vulnerable to online hacking.