Orbitz Hit With Data Breach – 880,000 Payment Cards Compromised

Travel website Orbitz has been hit with a data breach. Reportedly, 880,000 credit cards may have been compromised.

While the world is seemingly focused on the data mining practices Facebook allows on their network, an actual data breach has occurred with travel booking website Orbitz.

The website, owned by Expedia, is said to have had their information compromised thanks to an older version of their website. From CNET:

The company said the incident, discovered March 1, involved an older travel booking platform where information may have been accessed between October and December of last year.

Around 880,000 payment cards were affected. The attacker may have accessed personal information such as customers’ full names, birth dates, phone numbers, email addresses and billing addresses. The company said it doesn’t have “direct evidence” the information, tied to purchases made between January 2016 and December 2017, was taken from the site.

The breach is the latest in what is turning out to be another active month for compromised data. While the month started of relatively quiet, things really picked up in recent days starting with the Equifax data breach being worse than initially reported. This was followed up with MBM Company having 1.3 million accounts compromised in a data leak. After that, a New York hospital said they too have been hit with a data breach with the records of 135,000 patients compromised.

Whether or not very many people will care about this latest breach is certainly up in the air. This is thanks to everyone focusing their attention on the Facebook story which some likely incorrectly label as a data leak or data breach.

If you have been affected by this latest data breach, it is recommended that you, at minimum, monitor your credit card statements and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity. This goes for any card associated with the website. Even better is to cancel your card and replace it with another if it is linked to this breach. That way, identity thieves can’t use your credit card information and use it to rack up debt.

Drew Wilson on Twitter: @icecube85 and Google+.

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