Stolen credentials used to access United Airlines’ MileagePlus accounts
Three dozen loyalty accounts belonging to United Airlines customers saw fraudulent transactions after hackers used login credentials collected from an unknown source.
The Mileage Plus accounts, which are part of United’s rewards program, were accessed early last month, said Luke Punzenberger, a United spokesman, on Sunday. The program has about 95 million participants.
Punzenberger said the accounts were accessed using login credentials that came from a third party. He did not have specific information on how the airline determined that.
The login credentials were not obtained as a result of a data breach at United, Punzenberger said. He added that United was not the only company that saw attempts to access accounts using the login credentials.