This is why you should never Instagram your boarding pass
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
There’s a problem with the way airlines manage passenger information — and Instagram is making it worse. After decades of technological progress, airline’s proof that you are who you say you are still boils down to a single six-digit number, encoded in the barcode on your boarding pass. And because of Instagram (particularly #boardingpass), those bar codes are easy to find.
The vulnerability itself is old news, but a presentation at this year’s Chaos Computer Club reminded the world of exactly how broken the system remains. Onstage, researcher Karsten Nohl pulled a barcode directly off the hashtag, then used it to log into the Lufthansa website as the unlucky traveler. From there, he could see all the traveler’s personal details...
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