Cyber fraud is estimated to cost the global economy $400 billion a year, with travel’s transition to the digital realm it must deal with new threats and challenges. Breached data such as air miles, loyalty points, and travel website accounts are being sold on the dark web and are now available for anyone to purchase.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS ABOUT SKIFT
Skift is a travel intelligence
company that offers news, data,
and services to professionals in
travel and professional travelers,
to help them make smart
decisions about travel.
Skift is the business of travel.
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DIGITAL FRAUD IN TRAVEL
DIRECT IMPACT OF DIGITAL FRAUD
TRAVEL COMPANIES: AN IDEAL TARGET FOR CYBER CRIMINALS
SECURITY BREACHES IMPACTING TRAVEL
POS BREACHES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM
OTHER TYPES OF BREACHES
THE DARK WEB
CYPHERPUNKS AND ONLINE PRIVACY: ORIGINS OF ONLINE PRIVACY
WEB VS DEEP WEB VS DARK WEB: THE THREE INTERNET CONTINENTS
TOR, THE ONION ROUTER: THE DARK WEB’S GATEKEEPER
HOW TOR WORKS
WHO USES TOR?
THE DARK SIDE OF THE DARK WEB: BEYOND THE PRIVACY ADVOCATING PIONEERS
DARK NET MARKETS: THE DIGITAL-ERA AGORA
DNM INVENTORY: DNMS BEYOND DRUGS AND WEAPONS
WHAT IS FIAT CURRENCY?
EARLY DEVELOPMENTS IN DIGITAL PAYMENTS
BITCOIN AND DIGITAL MONIES: THE BIRTH OF A NEW CURRENCY
CRYPTOCURRENCIES IN TRAVEL
BITCOIN — THE FUEL OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES?
CUSTOMER LOYALTY FRAUD — THE NEW CREDIT CARD FRAUD
LOYALTY POINTS’ WEAKNESS
KEY STEPS TOWARDS SECURITY
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
ABOUT AMERICAN EXPRESS
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The transition of travel into the digital realm has opened
up new opportunities for hackers and cybercriminals to
compromise sensitive user and company information.
This Skift Insights Deck takes a deeper dive into the dark
web, an underworld of anonymous internet users that
stand to pose the next wave of threats to the digital travel
ecosystem. Here we take a detailed look, investigating
what the dark web is and what it isn’t. We dig into the
implications and evolution of the dark web, how pervasive
it is, and what travel brands need to watch out for.
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Skift is a business information company focused on travel intelligence and offers
news, data, and services to professionals in travel and professional travelers, to help
them make smart decisions about travel.
Founded in 2012 by media entrepreneur Rafat Ali, Skift is based in New York City and
backed by Lerer Ventures, Advancit Capital and other marquee media-tech investors.
Visit skift.com for more.
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experiences for sponsors that inﬂuence the largest audience of travel industry
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This project was researched and written by: Dave Montali, Luke Bujarski, Skift Team