Study: Stolen air miles a hot-ticket item on Dark Web

Listings found for frequent flier points of various airlines at 40% less than real value

A screen capture of a Dark Web marketplace advertisement selling stolen frequent flier miles. The listings discovered by researchers offer miles for different membership programmes, including those under Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer programme.
A screen capture of a Dark Web marketplace advertisement selling stolen frequent flier miles. The listings discovered by researchers offer miles for different membership programmes, including those under Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer programme.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM THE DARK WEB

Stolen frequent flier miles are being sold on the Dark Web at a fraction of their "real world" cost, a study has found.

Among the stolen miles being advertised are those under Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer programme, according to research firm Comparitech. Other miles from membership programmes apparently being hawked by vendors include those for Emirates Skywards, Delta SkyMiles and up to 15 others.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2018, with the headline 'Study: Stolen air miles a hot-ticket item on Dark Web'. Subscribe