The British low-cost airline easyJet announced on Tuesday, May 19, that it had experienced a cyber attack in which criminals obtained the names and travel information of about nine million customers.
The airline also states that 2208 customers’ credit card information was stolen. EasyJet did not disclose when the attack took place.
“Our investigation has found that the email addresses and travel information of approximately nine million customers have been obtained. We will contact the affected customers in the coming days,” the airline explains.
EasyJet also reports that the coronavirus pandemic has raised concerns about the use of personal data in online fraud schemes.
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EasyJet did not immediately give details of how the breach occurred but said it had “closed off this unauthorized access” and reported the incident to the National Cyber Security Centre and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the data regulator.
The breach is one of the largest to affect any company in the UK, and raises the possibility of easyJet paying a large fine at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has put it under severe financial pressure.