June 27, 2018

Hotels, airlines and travel sites battle bot attacks


Hotels, airlines, cruises and travel sites are under siege from crooks using using fake or stolen account details to try to access accounts.

Hackers have been using stolen or leaked account details to attempt to log into accounts, using botnets to deliver attacks at industrial scale, according to research by Akamai.

Akamai researchers analysed nearly 112 billion bot requests and 3.9 billion malicious login attempts that targeted sites in this industry including airlines, cruise lines and hotels among others. Nearly 40 percent of the traffic seen across hotel and travel sites is classified as "impersonators of known browsers" - which Akamai described as a known vector for fraud.

Analysis of malicious login attempts by country against the hotel and travel industry by researchers at Akamai found that between November 2017 and March 2018, 650 million attacks came from Russia and 625 million came from China.

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