British Airways data breach put customers' financial info at risk

British Airways data breach put customers' financial info at risk

British Airways data breach put customers' financial info at risk

The airline fell victim to data theft after flight bookings were targeted by hackers.

Hackers have stolen the data of 380,000 customers including names, addresses, phone number, and payment information from the British Airways website.

The thefts occurred during a data breach that affected bookings made on the airline's website and app between August 21 and September 5.

"We are deeply sorry for the disruption that this criminal activity has caused", read the press release.

It added: “We take the protection of our customers data very seriously.”.

Anyone who believes they may have been affected should contact their banks and credit-card providers.

The airline added that customers due to travel could check in online as normal.

"Specialist officers from the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit are managing the ongoing investigation and are on site working with BA to gain a better understanding of the incident", the NCA said.

News of the data breach follows a string of IT and technical problems for the carrier.

A third party detected "unusual activity" and notified British Airways, Gizmodo reports, so there may be an independent report on the details in the future.

Assuring compensation to each of the affected customers, the airline offered to pay for the credit checking service.

"I've not heard anything from them on this and I've just had to cancel the card I used".

British Airways informed customers affected by the attack on Thursday, Cruz said.

"Called bank and had to cancel both mine and my wife's card".

Paul Farrington, Head of EMEA at app security company CA Veracode also warns that things are different now, with GDPR in force. Probably won't get it back before we fly (ironically).

Almost 400,000 card payments have been affected (Picture: Getty Images)Which flight bookings were affected by the hack?

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