Sabre investigating whether data was stolen in 'security incident'

Sabre Corp. said Friday that it is investigating a "cybersecurity incident" but isn't sure yet what, if any, information was stolen. American Airlines, which uses Sabre, says it is investigating but has found no evidence of a breach. It has hired outside experts for assistance.

Both companies were hacked as part of the same wave of attacks that targeted insurer Anthem and the U.S. government’s personnel office, according to three people with knowledge of the cybersecurity probes. The investigators have tied those incursions to the same China-backed hackers, an assessment shared by U.S. officials, the people said, Bloomberg Business reports.

The latest incidents, which haven’t previously been reported, are the broadest yet on the U.S. travel industry, emerging a week after security experts attributed an attack on United Airlines, the world’s second-largest carrier, to the same group.

“We recently learned of a cybersecurity incident, and we are conducting an investigation into it now,” Sabre said in a statement. “At this time, we are not aware that this incident has compromised sensitive protected information, such as credit card data or personally identifiable information, but our investigation is ongoing."

A Sabre spokeswoman did not respond when asked for additional details by the AP.

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