Hackers are Stealing our Air Miles Now

By Gary Cutlack on at

Analysis of internet content on the "dark" parts of the internet appears to show that there's been a spike in theft of air miles, with hackers nicking points from accounts then selling them on so that everyone can make a bit of money from our forgotten stash of loyalty points.

This comes from Flashpoint, which says cybercriminals are creating their own groups dedicated to hacking hotels and their customer accounts to syphon out their loyalty points, with these illegally obtained discounts then used to book flights around the world on behalf of those happy to pay hackers to book their travel.

Some flights spotted for sale have been offered at around 25 per cent of the cost of a legitimate purchase. Other cases include dark web car rental agencies that sell on hacked points, with some bad people also offering restaurant chain gift cards at massive discounts. [Flashpoint via The Times]

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