Linn Freedman, Executive Master in Cybersecurity (EMCS) faculty member and partner at Robinson+Cole, recently reported in Data Privacy+Security that Orbitz, the travel booking entity that is owned by Expedia, has confirmed that it has “identified and remediated a data security incident affecting a legacy travel booking platform.” According to Freedman, “this means that one of its older websites that are used by customers to book their travel plans was hacked.” She continues,
The statement says that Orbitz uncovered evidence earlier this month that an attacker had access to the legacy system between October and December of 2017, and the information of travel booking customers was compromised if they made any purchases through the legacy website between January of 2016 and December of 2017. The compromised information included these customers’ names, addresses, dates of birth, email addresses, gender, telephone number, and payment card information.
Orbitz confirmed that 880,000 consumers were affected by the attack, although it says there is no evidence that the personal information of these customers was “downloaded” from the platform. Nonetheless, Orbitz is offering affected individuals free credit monitoring and identity protection services.
Professor Freedman will be in Washington DC, from March 27-28, 2018 at the 2018 IAPP Global Privacy Summit. If you will be in the Washington DC area, she would welcome the chance to meet with you! This is a great opportunity to discuss your qualifications and to see if the Executive Master in Cybersecurity is the right fit for you and your career.
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