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BA website discloses passenger passport numbers and D.O.B.
From: Adam Laurie <adam.laurie () thebunker net>
Date: Wed, 03 May 2006 14:43:49 +0100
In January of this year I reported to British Airways that it was
possible to recover arbitrary passengers' confidential information,
including Date Of Birth and passport details, by simply matching a
frequent flyer number to a surname when purchasing a ticket via their
website. Since this information is printed on every boarding pass, any
discarded passes can potentially provide an attacker with the
information he needs to access the data via the website.
The problem exists because of the US Goverment's requirement for
airlines to provide Advance Passenger Information for all passengers
destined for their shores. It is left to the airlines themselves to
administer the data collection systems, and, therefore, to make their
own mistakes in the security systems that control access to that data.
The more airlines that implement these systems, the more potential
security holes will exist.
Full story here:
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- BA website discloses passenger passport numbers and D.O.B. Adam Laurie (May 03)