Hackers Just Looted Passenger Data From Some of the World's Biggest Airlines

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SITA, a data firm that works with some of the world’s largest airlines, announced Thursday that it had been the victim of a “highly sophisticated cyberattack,” the likes of which compromised information on hundreds of thousands of airline passengers all over the world.

Understanding what specific data the hackers accessed is, at this point, a little tough—though it would appear that some of it was frequent flier information shared with SITA by members of the Star Alliance, the world’s largest global airline alliance.
An airline alliance is basically an industry consortium, and Star’s membership is comprised of some of the world’s most prominent airlines—including United Airlines, Lufthansa, Air Canada, and 23 others. Of those members, a number have already stepped forward to announce breaches in connection with the attack—and SITA itself would appear to have acknowledged that the affected parties are connected to alliance memberships.

 

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So sita is the company that handles all the data or are they just like the server provider or something? I mean in the end whose fuckup is it?
 

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You guys might not buy this but most of the IT people I know are either Indian or Russian. You never see a regular white or black guy working IT. Fucking ever. Small wonder we get hacked coming and going.
 

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So sita is the company that handles all the data or are they just like the server provider or something? I mean in the end whose fuckup is it?

I believe they say they are the data handlers for that airline alliance.

SITA’s Passenger Service System servers, ..... act as a mechanism for data exchange between different airlines....helping to ensure that passenger “benefits can be used across different carriers” in a systematized fashion.

For instance, when we flew back and forth from Asia for a cruise, we flew on 3 or 4 different airlines. Within hours of landing all airlines had contributed to my "air miles" collection even though it's for/through Air Canada. That's 'alliance' information moving around the world.
 
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