US Airways Says Frequent-Flier Miles Deducted in Breach
US Airways Group Inc. (LCC) said hackers breached 7,700 accounts in its Dividend Miles frequent-flier program and deducted mileage credits from a “very limited” number of users.
The compromised accounts were deactivated, and U.S. law enforcement officials are investigating, the Tempe, Arizona-based airline said today in an e-mailed statement. A filing with North Carolina state officials gave the number of affected accounts and said the breach was discovered July 12.
US Airways’ frequent-flier awards can be redeemed for travel as well as for newspaper and magazine subscriptions, according to the airline’s website. The Dividend Miles program had 30 million members as of February, the fourth-most in the U.S., according to industry website FrequentFlyerServices.com. “There’s definitely a financial gain element to it,” said Barmak Meftah, chief executive officer of computer-security company AlienVault Inc. in San Mateo, California. “There’s also an element of disrupting or creating a bad brand for the airline.”
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