How Hackers Use Hidden Data on Airline Boarding Passes

Millions of travelers pass through airports each day without understanding how powerful and insecure a boarding pass can be. Anyone can scan the boarding pass barcode with a mobile app, allowing access to frequent-flyer accounts and even a passenger’s temporary airline account. The average airline boarding pass contains a wealth of information that a hacker could potentially take advantage of. How they take advantage of it mostly depends on whether the target has a frequent-flyer account or not. For more on how hackers scan and decode the information contained in a boarding pass barcode and why, click here.