Chile's former - and maybe future - president Michelle Bachelet and 1987 Miss Universe Cecilia Bolocco were among the victims of hackers who breached Lan airlines' computer system to steal hundreds of thousands of frequent-flyer miles.

The thief or thieves netted 1.1 million kilometers (684,000 thousand miles), worth about 11 million pesos ($22,000), El Mercurio newspaper said Friday.

Authorities suspect the crime was carried out by a former employer of a company that administered Lan's frequent-flyer rewards program.

Participants can use their miles for plane tickets or to buy merchandise such as electronics or perfume.

The accounts targeted include those of Bachelet, who governed Chile from 2006-2010 and is favored to win next month's presidential vote; Bolocco, erstwhile beauty queen and the wife of Argentine former head of state Carlos Menem; and Laurence Golborne, a former Cabinet minister now running for a seat in the Chilean Senate.

Lan, which merged last year with Brazil's Tam to for Latam, said it restored the stolen miles and is fully cooperating with the investigation. EFE