If you travel and make payments on travel-related websites or smartphone apps, your credit card number and the three-digit CVV number on the back of your card may have been exposed to hackers. In fact, 500,000 people may be at risk for having their financial information stolen by hackers.
The cybersecurity firm Wandera found a vulnerability on the computer systems of 16 well-known companies. These companies simply didn't take basic step of encrypting your information to secure it.
Encryption takes your online profile and scrambles it. Encryption is incredibly difficult for hackers to break through without a password.
The so-called CardCrypt vulnerability found by Wandera is scary. It potentially exposed not only your credit card and CVV numbers to hackers, but also your personal information. Wandera found that some of these companies' lax security may have exposed your home address, name, email address and passport information.
The 16 companies affected by the CardCrypt vulnerability were: Air Canada, American Taxi, CN Tower, Get Hotwired, San Diego Zoo, Tribeca Med Spa, Easyjet, Aer Lingus, Chiltern Railways, Dash Card Parking, KV Cars, PerfectCard.ie, 1Robe.fr, Oui Car, Air Asia and Sistic.