Association of British Travel Agents Hacked

A hack on the organization’s website affects around 43,000 users

The UK’s Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) found their website hacked into. The attackers gained access to around 1000 files, which included identity information on around 43,000 users.

“It is extremely disappointing that our web server, managed for Abta through a third party web developer and hosting company, was compromised and we are taking every step we can to help those affected.”stated ABTA Chief Executive Mark Tanzer.

The information which was accessed includes email addresses and encrypted passwords. contact details of users that had used the website to file a complaint, as well as data uploaded to support complaints, or ABTA members.

At this point, there is no knowledge of the attackers sharing any of this information. ABTA further states that the information stolen in this breach leaves “a very low exposure risk to identity theft or online fraud”. This is an extremely naïve assumption to make. The risk of breaches like this, have to do with username and passwords being stolen. As we have seen far too often, usernames and passwords stolen from various social networking breaches can lead to many other “hacks”. Many users seem to utilize the same username and password for various logins, allowing attackers that gain login information from one location, to gain access to other locations.

ABTA members should immediately change their password, and if that login is used on other sites or services users should immediately change those passwords as well. ABTA is offering affected users a free identity theft protection service.

Our security tip of the day is to use different information for each and every login. Utilize good passwords which would be difficult to crack. BlackBerry users on both BB10 and BlackBerry Android have a built in tool to help us with the BlackBerry Password Keeper. With the password keeper, we can keep all of our passwords in one place, so we don’t have to worry about forgetting them. The BlackBerry Password Keeper app also shows us just how strong our password is, and will even generate passwords for us. It is an amazingly useful app, and one which we should all be using.



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  • anthogag

    “Hacks” are making the news. But, it looks like media, due to their iPhone and Android worship, are making it look like being hacked is inevitable…and a right of passage when you use a toy like iPhone or non-BlackBerry Androids.

    Hardly anyone is mentioning in articles solutions like using a BlackDroid or BlackBerry’s UEM service.

    Go into a carrier store and BB10 or a BlackDroid is not celebrated for its security features. It’s still like walking into a toy store.