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Major airline hit by major data breach

Major airline hit by major data breach
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Another day, another hack of U.S. companies from an outside government. At least that's what it's beginning to feel like.

Today's news comes from two of the largest travel companies in the country. American Airlines and Sabre Corp. were both the targets of a cyberattack that seems a little too familiar.

Those investigating the breaches say it bears a striking resemblance of the recent hack against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) earlier this summer.

According to Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley of Bloomberg Business, "Enough of the indicators lined up in the American and Sabre breaches to lead to the conclusion that the attacks were the work of the same group that struck OPM, Anthem and United, the people familiar with those incidents said."

Sabre Corp., which handles reservations for thousands of airline and hotel companies, actually confirmed that its internal systems were breached while American Airlines has remained hesitant to officially confirm a hack.

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