The internet has quietly made a revolution in the world. This allowed us to perform tasks easily and quickly, making us largely dependent on it in virtually every aspect of our lives. One of the earliest revolutions took place in the banking industry, which was followed by ticket booking services after the US military unveiled its ARPANET project and allowed universities and businesses to take advantage of this wonderful technology.
Interestingly, computers and programmers are creating primitive online ticket booking systems in Java, which many consider to be the language of the Internet. They do this for their academic projects in their schools and colleges, and these applications are insignificant compared to commercial versions. However, the case was discussed to make the reader aware of the popularity of thesis applications for booking tickets online.
Now, approaching the main thing, online ticketing systems and hotel reservations often provide the ability to pay the required amount online, called bank transfer in universal language. These websites use third-party plugins through APIs that integrate their website’s database with the bank’s computer systems and servers through a software network device called a Payment Gateway.
Typically, these payment gateways are highly secure environments that use Secure Socket Layer or SSL algorithms, which can be 64-bit or 128-bit requirement-based encryption algorithms. 128-bit SSL algorithms are the most secure algorithms used in the public domain to provide a medium for transferring funds and encrypting sensitive information through a highly secure process that is extremely difficult to crack by current standards.
The problem, more precisely, the loophole is the internal storage mechanisms that are deployed on third-party ticket booking sites. Sometimes, to reduce the costs associated with maintaining high security standards, these websites do not take appropriate measures to ensure the security of payment information on their servers. Perhaps the point is that server and database administrators are not qualified enough to enforce strict security measures.
It may happen that, although there is no security breach in the bank transfer system, security gaps may occur on the website of the hotel or your own airline. If their servers are hacked and the data is properly retrieved by any expert hacker, the hacker will be in front of all your financial transaction data, including your credit card details.
A hacker can simply download or copy information to some other proprietary system and use it to make unauthorized transactions and transfers. Although banks use two-tier verification techniques to mitigate such fraud, the process is far from complete.
So think twice before trusting independent hotels and ticket booking services. Even the best hotel booking providers are vulnerable to such server attacks by cyber experts, and they do very little to close the loopholes in their systems and servers.