Australian Detailed Privacy Breach: September 18 2020

Why you shouldn’t post a picture of a boarding pass on social media

Security experts are repeating warnings to keep pictures of documents with personal information and barcode

Source: Why you shouldn’t post a picture of a boarding pass on social media | SMH
More reports from: SMH – The Sydney Morning Herald.

Earlier this week, self-described “hacker” Alex Hope detailed in a long blog post how he used an Instagram post from former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, showing a boarding pass, to discern his passport number and other personal details.

“As we saw with Tony Abbott, his passport number and phone number were easily discoverable with little effort on the part of the hacker,” Mr Gorrie said.

“Private details, such as an email, home address and phone number linked to an airline account could be exposed and even give a cyber criminal the ability to change your travel plans.”

He said he spent six months trying to alert Qantas and Mr Abbott to the fact that these details are so easily accessible.