Cathay Pacific reports massive data breach

Cathay Pacific reports massive data breach
Published: 25 October 2018 - 7:46 a.m.
By: AVB Staff Writer

News in brief:

-A massive security breach has compromised the personal data of over 9.4 million passengers who have used Cathay Pacific Airways

-Information leaked includes sensitive data, such as passport details, passenger travel history, expired credit card details, email addresses, as well as national identity card numbers.

-Chief Executive apologises and says there is no evidence that any of the leaked data has been abused thus far

 

Cathay Pacific Airways, the flag carrier of Hong Kong, has revealed that a massive security breach has compromised the personal data of over 9.4 million passengers who have used the airline.

According to the carrier, the information leaked includes sensitive data, such as passport details, passenger travel history, expired credit card details, email addresses, as well as national identity card numbers.

In an official statement, Rupert Hogg, Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific, apologised for the security breach but quickly pointed out that there was currently no evidence to suggest that any of the data leaked was abused in any way thus far.

Cathay Pacific’s data breach marks the latest instance a major airline has suffered a massive data leak over the last year. Recent incidents include British Airways’ breach, which was revealed back in September, as well as Air Canada’s app hack back in August.

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