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Cathay Pacific hit by Huge Data Breach

Hong-Kong based carrier, Cathay Pacific is the latest victim to be involved in a data breach. The airline has suffered a data breach which has now compromised the personal information of up 9.4 million passengers according to the carrier.

ID, passport numbers, addresses, contact details are just some of the many fields which have been compromised during this breach. Cathay Pacific notes that 12 different fields of data have been compromised.

“Upon discovery, the company took immediate action to investigate and contain the event,”

“The company has no evidence that any personal information has been misused. The IT systems affected are totally separate from its flight operations systems, and there is no impact on flight safety.”

Hong Kong Dragon, Cathay’s subsidiary was also targeted in the attack. Of the 12 fields of information, 860,000 passport numbers were stolen, 245,000 Hong Kong identity card numbers, 403 expired credit card numbers and a further 27 current credit card numbers.

This hack is the second one of a high-profile airline in recent months with British Airways in September announcing it had been involved in a hack which saw 380,000 sets of payment information stolen. In both cases, the respective airlines note that the information is yet to be used in an unlawful manner.

 

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