It looks like the dynamic hacking team that hit United Airlines is at it again. Bloomberg is reporting this morning that American and Sabre have been hit by the same China backed group that hit United and the U.S. Government. According to Bloomberg,
Sabre Corp., which processes reservations for hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotels, confirmed that its systems were breached recently, while American Airlines Group Inc., the world’s biggest carrier, said it is investigating whether hackers had entered its computers.
Both companies were hacked as part of the same wave of attacks that targeted insurer Anthem Inc. and the U.S. government’s personnel office, according to three people with knowledge of the cybersecurity probes. The investigators have tied those incursions to the same China-backed hackers, an assessment shared by U.S. officials, the people said.
When I reported the United hack here, I wondered if other airlines had been hit. It seemed entirely plausible, and this would seem to confirm that. A large number of airlines, hotels, and other travel-related organizations do business with Sabre in some way. I doubt this is the last we hear about cyber attacks on airlines.
-MJ, August 7, 2015