ANOTHER DATA BREACH. Orbitz Data Breach. “We deeply regret the incident, and we are committed to doing everything we can to maintain the trust of our customers and partners” By Todd Horwitz, Bubba Trading

 

Travel website Orbitz announced Tuesday it has detected a security breach that may have affected consumers’ personal information shared between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 22, 2017. About 880,000 payment cards could be affected. The company said an incident likely took place between Oct. 1, 2017, and Dec. 22, 2017, on a legacy Orbitz booking platform.

An attacker may have accessed users’ full name, payment card information, birth date, phone number, email address, physical address and gender, although the company does not have “direct evidence” that such personal information was actually taken. Social Security numbers were not affected, the company says, as it does not collect or store them.

American Express said American Express Global Business Travel and the platforms that manage credit-card accounts weren’t impacted by the attack. It is unclear if any of the data was taken from the platform. The companies are offering those affected by the breach free credit monitoring.

Orbitz’s disclosure is just the latest involving a breach of sensitive consumer data at a company. Lawmakers have begun to push for stricter rules on when companies have to report potential hacks following incidents at Amazon.com Inc.’s Whole Foods Market, Sonic Corp. and Equifax Inc. last year.

“We deeply regret the incident, and we are committed to doing everything we can to maintain the trust of our customers and partners,” the company said in a statement.

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Todd “Bubba” Horwitz

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Todd Horwitz - Author of “Average Joe Options“. Todd began his trading career in 1980 at the CBOE. He was one of the original traders in the OEX & helped start the SPX. He is a member the CME where he trades S&P futures as well as foreign currencies & is a regular contributor to CNBC, Bloomberg, BNN, Fox & many other major news networks.