This man's name is Steve, Hugh, and he works as a specialist in aviation security. Every day he meets on the Internet hundreds of pictures of boarding passes that people upload to show off to friends. In fact, these harmless pictures can jeopardize the whole trip.
To help people to protect themselves from intruders, he wrote this article. The website
shares it with you.
Your boarding pass contains more information than you think.
He reports not only your name and destination, but also opens up access to very sensitive information for example to change or cancel the order.
Such pictures as the above, I stumble in the network almost every day. People want to boast of his journey. Especially if they fly first or business class.
But you should think about this: almost all boarding passes contain your name, surname, ticket number or booking code and barcode.
On the photo you see above (I met her recently in the network), I decided to do a little investigating. Of course, all the important information I slipped myself a photo on the Internet was in its original form.
How easy is it to access your information?
So, this passenger is flying the Australian airline Virgin Australia, and he's booked on a Delta Airlines flight.
Delta Airlines print tickets to amazing a lot of information: e-ticket number, reservation number, traveler number and even the number of checked baggage! I decided to test the system for vulnerabilities and went on to their website.
To enter the "booking Management", it is enough to know the passenger name and ticket number (or booking code).
All of this information was indicated in the boarding pass, so I came to this section and read all the data about the passenger.
On the basis of this information I learned the entire route of the passenger and looked at the details of his journey.
In addition, I was able to see what his seat, ticket numbers and bonuses for regular passengers.
But this is not the end!
I easily learned all the payment details, including the date of purchase of the ticket and the last four digits of the credit card with which the payment was made.
With this information, you can do a lot of things! Attackers can swap, modify or even cancel your flight and create a host of other problems.
But that's not the worst.
On the ticket there's still a barcode, and it contains much more information.
The picture above is the passenger hid his name, well, this information really should not share with anyone else. But she did not close the barcode (it slipped me) — it is a mistake made even by experienced travelers.
The barcode contains all the information on the boarding pass. I think it can only be considered a special device at the airport? As it is not so.
The Internet has dozens of sites that read the barcode with a downloaded image. So I got all the data about the passenger, flight number, route, reservation code, code, frequent flyer, etc., even without seeing much of the boarding pass.
Not only that, your personal data stolen, you still run the risk of incurring material losses if the attacker starts to manage your account regular.
Now you know why you should not put photos of their boarding passes.
Want to show off to friends in Facebook — put a selfie with a glass of champagne in the first class cabin. It's much better than just a boarding pass, and most importantly, safer!
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