Listen Now: Hackers Target Flyers In Latest Boarding Pass Scam
Taking a flight this holiday season? Here’s one thing you should not do.
For many travelers, printing your boarding pass is part of the travel routine. But after having it scanned and handed back to you, what do you do with it? Some people use it as a bookmark, others leave it in the seat back pocket and some just throw it away.
According to Forbes, that slip of paper is everything hackers need to ruin your life. If you look at a boarding pass, it contains your name, booking reference number and frequent flyer number. That information, plus basic reset your password questions, is everything a hacker would need to take over your frequent flyer account.
Experts say the travel industry is the second-most attacked industry right behind financial services. That’s because frequent flyer miles are another form of currency. The dark web is full of sites offering cash for miles. Or hackers can take those miles and turn them into gift cards or cash.
You wouldn’t leave behind your bank statement. Take the same care with your boarding pass.
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