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American Airlines and Reservations Company Sabre Investigate ‘Cybersecurity Incident’

Ever heard of Sabre, Corp.? According to the company, it handles more than one billion travel reservations a year including airline and hotel reservations, and rental cars.

Add Sabre to the growing list of companies and agencies hacked, according to Bloomberg. Security experts say this breach is linked to the hacks on the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management, health insurer Anthem and United Airlines. All of those breaches trace back to China, say the experts.

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While Sabre acknowledges its system was breached, the company said in a statement, “We recently learned of a cybersecurity incident, and we are conducting an investigation into it now. At this time, we are not aware that this incident has compromised sensitive protected information, such as credit card data or personally identifiable information, but our investigation is ongoing.”

Sabre was originally the reservations arm of American Airlines and was spun off as a separate company in 2000. The Sabre hackers were apparently able to worm their way into American’s system. But the airline, like Sabre, is downplaying the incident.

American Airlines spokesman Casey Norton said, "We have brought in outside security experts …(and) there is no evidence that customer data has been compromised."

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