Breach, Privacy

Netanyahu among millions exposed on open travel company data base

A data base belonging to the Israeli online travel firm Amadeus was spotted open to the public exposing millions of Israeli travelers, including that nation’s prime minister.

Amadeus is used as a booking service for several other popular Israeli travel companies including Inbal, which books flights for government workers. According to Calcalist.com, the open database contained the personal information and travel information for 15 million passengers covering 36 million flights, one million hotel bookings, and 700,000 visa applications.

One of the confirmation emails that was uncovered was sent to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thus exposing his personal Gmail account, Calcalist reported.

Amadeus became aware of the situation on May 20 and told Calcalist the database was exposed due to “a failure in the security definitions of its platform used by Israeli travel agents” and has since been fixed and is no longer publicly exposed.

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