Former Australian PM Tony Abbott’s passport details and phone number obtained by hacker

As reported by The Guardian, an Australian hacker obtained Tony Abbott’s passport details and personal phone number using a photo of a plane boarding pass the former prime minister posted on social media. The hacker Alex Hope managed to use a photo of Abbott posted on Instagram to reveal security flaws in the online check-in portal for Qantas.


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Kelvin Murray, Senior Threat Research Analyst,  Webroot
September 22, 2020
Users need to be aware of where valuable data might lie.
With the increased use of social tools to 'post' about personal life and business communications, social media security is more important than ever. Everyone needs to be cautious about how much personal information they share, and this is an example of there being more information in a photo than might meet the eye. In this case, what was posted was used to access personal details and accounts tho ....
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Jake Moore, Cybersecurity Specialist,  ESET
September 16, 2020
The internet can easily carve up personal details after a little trawling.
Few people realise the dangers of photographing seemingly innocuous information such as plane tickets and then posting it on social networks. Yet, as we have seen here, the internet can easily carve up personal details after a little trawling. Many airlines now require information such as a username and password to obtain more personal details, but there are still a number of providers where only ....
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