The popular travel website Orbitz has just announced a major security breach that allowed hackers to steal the personal and financial information on almost 900,000 customers.
The data theft affects virtually all Orbitz customers who used the site to book a trip in 2016 and most of 2017.
This is the customer information that was stolen:
- Customer’s full name
- Credit/Debit card info
- Home and billing addresses
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Phone number
- Customer’s gender
As you can see, this was a very extensive breach that could severely impact an affected customer’s personal and financial life.
Orbitz is in the process of notifying as many of the affected customers as they can, but if you used their site to book a trip during 2016 or 2017 you need to act now to mitigate the damage instead of waiting for Orbitz to contact you.
The company has set up this web page where you can find out for sure whether you were affected or not, but I recommend that you do the following while you’re waiting for their response to your query (they say it could take up to 72 hours to get back to you):
1 – Cancel the credit/debit card(s) you used to pay for your Orbitz transaction(s) and request a replacement card.
2 – Request a copy of your credit report and check it for any unauthorized entries.
3 – Request that a hold be put on your credit file to prevent any new credit accounts from being opened in your name.
Orbitz should provide information what to do next when they get around to responding to query.
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