Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Orbitz Discloses Possible Data Breach Affecting 880000 Payment Cards

Orbitz Discloses Possible Data Breach Affecting 880000 Payment Cards

"Ensuring the safety and security of the personal data of our customers and our partners' customers is very important to us", Orbitz said. All eyes - especially media eyes - were on the Facebook event. The company said evidence suggests an attacker may have accessed information stored on this consumer and business partner platform between October 1, 2017 and December 22, 2017.

Orbitz is notifying customers and partners about what personal information may have been accessed in the incident. It claimed in a statement that it took "immediate steps to investigate the incident" and enhance its security measures.

The business was acquired by Expedia for US$1.6 billion in February 2015, nearly 12 months before the first breach occurred. It also began working with law enforcement and took action to block any unauthorized access to the platform. They company discovered the signs of a possible breach on March 1st and has estimated that approximately 880,000 credit cards may have been impacted by the breach.

Orbitz, a subsidiary of online travel agency Expedia Inc, said on Tuesday that hackers may have accessed personal information from about 880,000 payment cards. The Expedia-owned company says that names, payment card information, dates of birth, email addresses, physical billing addresses, gender, and phone numbers may have been accessed, but it doesn't yet have "direct evidence" that any information was taken from the website. Orbitz said it's notifying customers and business partners about the incident and is offering a year of free credit monitoring. Partners will be provided with complimentary customer notice support to inform their customers, if necessary.

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