Student stole frequent flyer miles worth of US$260,000 | Amercian Airlines |
Hacking has become a very common thing in the 21st century and there are several instances when the hackers have cracked the systems and entered into the bank accounts of individuals and companies to steal their money. Despite all the precautions and security measures by the governments and private organizations, it seems hacking continues to grow.
Hence, whenever there is a news article on hacking, not many are surprised. Instances of people losing their money from their bank accounts have become highly common and not many would be shocked when they hear such news.
But, there is an incident that would surprise even those who are familiar with online bank heists. In this instance, the hacker did not go after the bank accounts of his victims. Instead, he hacked into the frequent flyer miles account of the American Airlines, and stole, well, frequent flyer miles. He then used these frequent flyer miles to travel across the globe and rent cars. In this processes, he saved himself thousands of dollars.
As a matter of fact, the frequent flyer miles he stole are equivalent to US$260,000. The name of the hacker is Milad Avazdavani. The 27 year old is a student at Florida International University (FIU). His endeavours helped him amass these frequent flyer miles and he enjoyed his trips to different parts of the world.
But, he soon ran out of luck and was arrested and sentenced to one year imprisonment on the charges of 19 felonies and grand theft. His trial is likely to take place this year in summer.
On the other hand, Avazdavani maintains that he is innocent and that he actually did not stole the miles but rather bought them as bargain shopping over the internet, which means he got them in lieu of something he exchanged with other persons online.
According to the police, such cases are hard to track and identifying the perpetrator is a daunting task considering the fact that it is not always possible to track who was operating the computer when the attack took place.