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Instagram posts for ‘boarding pass’ returns 91,000 images, as criminals use these to hack into accounts, or even commit identity fraud
Security experts have regularly warned that an airline boarding pass can provide would-be-attackers access with a host of sensitive passenger information.
A recent report has shown one person posting a photo of their boarding pass on Facebook. Online software can be used to scan their bar code, even when altered. The passenger name and booking reference will generally provide enough information to gain access to the booking on most airline websites. With this access, a criminal could obtain additional data, including future travel plans, and alter or cancel upcoming flights.
Many people post pictures of their boarding pass on social networking sites often before or during their trip. A search on Instagram for ‘boarding pass’ returned 91,000 images.
Posting pictures of boarding passes, luggage revealing airline bar code stickers or even concert tickets will provide attackers with a host of personally identifiable information that could result in the user having no return flight, missing a concert or even identity theft. There are currently 42,000 search results on Instagram for posts with the phrase 'concert tickets' attached to them.