Breach Brief – Sabre Corporation

Published On May 4, 2017 | By Tom Huskerson | Breach Briefs

Sabre Corporation reported it is investigating a massive data breach of its hotel reservations system and payment systems. The company  provides technology services to 32,000 hotels and lodging businesses. Sabre Corp .reported the breach to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in its quarterly reports.

The travel business giant annouced it is “investigating an incident of unauthorized access to payment information contained in a subset of hotel reservations processed through our Hospitality Solutions SynXis Central Reservations system.”

But the breach may go much further than just the hotels reservation systems. Sabre provides software, data, mobile and distribution solutions used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotels to manage critical operations. These operations includes airline passenger ticketing, hotel guest reservations, payment and revenue management and flight, network and crew management. The company also operates a $110 billion a year worldwide travel marketplace connecting travelers, hotels, and transportation providers.

Currently Sabre has offered no further information about what data was compromised or how long the breach was going on.

But keep in mind that Sabre is a huge company. It services every facet of the travel industry including major airlines, care rental companies, cruise lines, hotels, online travel agencies and websites, rail carriers, tour companies and travel agents and travel management companies, and federal and local governements,

The company website reports that it services 104 brands, 36,000 hotel properties and handles 3.6 million booking per month and $18.3 billion in annual room sales.

Bottom line is if you traveled anywhere, for any reason, by any means and stayed in a hotel your credit card and payment information is in their system.

See also: Breach Brief – InterContinental Hotels Group

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About The Author

Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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