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BA to face fines over data breach?

British Airways said his behaviour was Image British Airways is owned by International Airlines Group
Andy Castillo | 10 September, 2018, 09:20

Urging the customers to immediately contact their banks after their credit cards details were compromised, the airways said it was investigating the theft that happened between August 21 and September 5.

Sometime between August 21 and September 5, more than 380,000 customer transactions on the British Airways website were compromised by hackers.

While British Airways has not publicly revealed how it was exploited, Leigh Anne Galloway, cyber-security resilience lead at Positive Technologies, told eWEEK in an email that the fact that the attack exploited vulnerabilities on BA's website and app gives us a picture of how the data breach occurred.

The airways said if you believe you have been affected, please contact your bank or credit card provider and follow their recommended advice.

While reacting to the unfortunate incidence, the airline's chairman Alex Crux apologized for the "the disruption" that the criminal activity may have caused its teeming customers. We will continue to keep our customers updated with the very latest information.

The hack, which has now been fixed, did not involve travel or passport details. The airline said last week that about 20,000 customers may have had personal information compromised before all 1.7 million accounts were locked down. On the other side, cybercriminals are very proactive, and as soon as a new vulnerability is discovered in a popular CMS they start exploiting it in the wild. BA claims it did not store CVV numbers-that's banned under global standards, the BBC points out-so card details were probably "intercepted, rather than harvested from a BA database".

In a swift response to this invasion, British Airways says it has reported to the police to help get to the root of the matter.

Steelers losing patience with Bell as All-Pro RB stays out
If Bell wants to miss games, I don't blame him but this should have been communicated to coaches and all of the front office. Bell's agent, Adisa Bakari, told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday morning that Bell will "get there when he's there".

However Enza Iannopollo, privacy and security analyst at advisory group Forrester, said BA could have done better on informing those affected.

Some 75,000 passengers were left stranded after a glitch forced the airline to cancel almost 726 flights over three days.

Despite the unfortunate circumstances, British Airways is taking full financial responsibility for the breach.

The airline said the problem was down to an incident with an IT system.

The airline was roundly criticised for its handling of a power failure in May a year ago which resulted in thousands of flight disruptions and cancellations.

IAG also owns Spanish carriers Iberia and Vueling, as well as Irish airline Aer Lingus.

"Typically, we're lucky to get a date range of less than six months to a year, which makes a potential victim's response to any threat hard", said Boyd.

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