Cathay Pacific announced a data breach of its 9.4 million passengers, one more in a long series of security breaches to have affected the aviation sector.
Personal data including email addresses, passport numbers, identity card details, travel history and details of expired credit cards was some of the information accessed by the hackers. The Hong Kong based airline which revealed the hacking of varied type of personal data assured that there was no compromise on the customer passwords.
The Chief Executive of the airline, Rupert Hogg issued a statement apologizing for the data breach and distress caused to their customers because of the event. He further gave his assurance about no proof or indication of misuse of the leaked information. He stated that they were at the moment involved in getting in touch with the passengers affected by the event. He revealed that immediate action was undertaken by them to control the leak and begin a detailed inquiry into the happening by hiring the services of a renowned cyber security firm. Strong and fool-proof internal security measures relating to IT processes would also be put in place.
It was just some weeks earlier that a major data breach was reported by British Airways to have affected its customers. The airways disclosed that data of several thousands of its passengers was hacked from its website and app in the previous month.
A similar data breach occurred in the Air Canada app in the month of August leading to an alleged loss of personal data of its many customers, the figures of whom ran in thousands. In another incident, Delta Airlines revealed loss of credit card information of thousands of its passengers in the month of April following a data security breach at one of its vendors.
Cathay Pacific shares took a nose dive on Thursday and fell by 6% in trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange.