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United Airlines detected a breach in its computer systems in May or early June, potentially putting the movements of millions of Americans in the hands of a China-backed hacker group, Bloomberg reports. This is the same group suspected of hacking into the Office of Personnel Management in June and...

July 29th 2015 at 4:02pm 0 Comments
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We really, really hope you didn't have to take a United Airlines flight this morning. The air carrier temporarily grounded all its flights due to a networking glitch that created "automation issues" across its fleet. United started returning things to normal around 9:20AM Eastern (initially for re...

July 8th 2015 at 10:46am 0 Comments
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Remember the security researcher who was pulled from a United flight and had his equipment taken (before its frequent flier miles-paying bug hunt) for tweeting about hacking into the plane via its entertainment system? In an application for a search warrant, FBI agents said he previously told them...

May 15th 2015 at 11:45pm 0 Comments
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In the world of digital security, bug hunting is the practice of finding holes in a corporation's security and selling it back so the problem can be quietly fixed. Companies such as Microsoft know that it's far cheaper to pay researchers up to $100,000 up-front, rather than facing a massive public...

May 15th 2015 at 8:50am 0 Comments
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United Airlines can't sue Skiplagged for exposing a loophole in ticket prices... at least, for now. A Chicago court has tossed out United's lawsuit because the airfare website doesn't operate in that jurisdiction. The move lets site owner Aktarer Zaman breathe a little, although he may only get a...

May 4th 2015 at 9:40am 0 Comments
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You know how it's often cheaper to fly from Chicago to Paris by booking a flight to Dubai, and then just getting off at the stopover, which happens to be Paris? Well, you do now thanks to a lawsuit from United Airlines and booking site Orbitz -- they're suing a site called Skiplagged, which arrang...

December 30th 2014 at 8:49am 0 Comments
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If you're flying out of New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport anytime soon, you might find yourself using an iPad to order everything from magazines to a cold bottle of beer. Actually, if you're flying from the United terminal it sounds like you won't actually have much choice in the ma...

November 7th 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Later this month, Cathay Pacific's 747 will fly from San Francisco to Hong Kong for the very last time. It's a story we're hearing from nearly every airline still flying the most recognizable passenger jet in aviation history -- rising fuel costs are prompting carriers to ground their fleets, opti...

August 15th 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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You're on a nice, long domestic flight. In coach. There's a screaming baby two rows up; the pages of the in-flight magazine are stuck together with someone else's chewing gum; and the 9-inch overhead CRT is showing a 2-year-old episode of New Girl that you've already seen a half-dozen times -- wit...

April 25th 2014 at 12:35pm 0 Comments
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JetBlue's Fly-Fi satellite internet has been online since November, but while a handful of United's 737s have been equipped with the necessary components to launch its own version of the service for the same period of time, that legacy carrier has kept passengers in the dark. Until this week. Acco...

February 26th 2014 at 10:22am 0 Comments