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United Airlines reportedly experienced a breach by a Chinese hacker group believed to be behind breaches at OPM and Anthem.

United Airlines reportedly experienced a breach by a Chinese hacker group believed to be behind breaches at OPM and Anthem

A previously unannounced breach at United Airlines could be the work of Chinese hackers who allegedly pilfered information from insurance company Anthem and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and are aiming at amassing data on millions of American government officials and private citizens.

Monzy Merza, chief security evangelist of Splunk, said the United hack highlights an inability to adequately detect cyber attacks. In comments emailed to SCMagazine.com, he explained that “IT infrastructures are very complex” and there isn't “enough visibility or understanding.”

Merza explained that “it's incredibly difficult to determine what is an attack and what is an unintended consequence of a system malfunction or even human error.”

Because the investigation of United's breach is in its early days, details are scarce as to “how the attackers succeeded in penetrating United Airlines systems,” Erlin noted. It will likely take months to reveal more, he said, adding that “it's imperative that details are shared with other organisations so that we can collectively improve defenses.”

You can read the full article on SC Magazine UK here.

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