A wave of computer hacking, which the US says is linked to China – an allegation that China denies – has reportedly breached security at the Sabre reservations system and may have gained entry to American Airlines’ computer system as well.
The same group of hackers is reported to have broken electronically into the databanks of major American health insurers and stolen personnel records of US military and intelligence agencies.
The hacking war has been continuing in cyberspace for some time. America may have invented the internet but the world’s fastest supercomputer is in China – though there is no indication that is connected with the attacks.
Sabre said that it was not aware of the breach having compromised any sensitive protected information, “such as credit card data or personally identifiable information”, but it was continuing to investigate.
The world’s first computerised airline reservations system, Sabre was once an American Airlines subsidiary. It was spun off in 2000 but it operates IP addresses registered to American’s name.
American Airlines told Reuters the carrier had found no evidence of its customer data being compromised.
Sabre is very conscious of computer security and publishes PDF bulletins to help its clients guard against computer fraud. Like this one.
Written by Peter Needham