Cyber attack on a British airline gets details of 9 million customers

WION Web Team
London, London, UK (Great Britain) Published: May 19, 2020, 07:03 PM(IST)

British airline easyJet Photograph:( Reuters )

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The budget airline currently has grounded most of its flights due to the coronavirus pandemic and is locked in a long-running battle with its founder and biggest shareholder.

A cyber attack on British airline easyJet was able to access the email and travel details of around 9 million customers, as well as the credit card details of more than 2,000 of them.

The attacked happened in late January.

The budget airline currently has grounded most of its flights due to the coronavirus pandemic and is locked in a long-running battle with its founder and biggest shareholder.

British Airways, which was hit in 2018 with the theft of hundreds of thousands of credit card details, is still appealing a fine from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) of 183.4 million pounds ($225 million).

The new revelation hence can invite a similar hefty fine for easyJet.

EasyJet, however, said it did not look like any personal information had been misused. It has engaged leading forensic experts to investigate the issue and has also notified the National Cyber Security Centre.


 

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