MSNBC Travel: How hackers are scamming for frequent flyer miles

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    :D Who cares about personal data! Hands off the points and miles!

    "Online criminals want your bank account data. They want your email passwords and your Social Security number and your IP address and your phone number.

    They'll even peek over your shoulder to steal your iPad login info.

    And now, they're going after a new type of currency: frequent flyer miles.
    Researchers at the security firm Kaspersky Labs have spotted phishing scams that attempt to gain illegal access into the accounts of airlines in order to steal the frequent flyer miles accumulated by the company's customers.

    The attacks come in the form of emails that promise either prizes or more points in customers' frequent flyer programs; recipients are asked to enter their login information on a fake website, and doing so effectively hands over users' account details to the scammers..."

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