With the growing dependence on technology in our day to day lives, virtual security is taking a back seat. The need for secure hack-proof data storage has become very crucial since all the financial and personal details are linked in the virtual clouds and servers. Recently, British Airways became a victim of such an incident, where more than 3,80,000 payment cards were compromised.
The hack of the passengers' personal and financial details happened on September 6, following which the airline service apologised to their customers. Alex Cruz, British Airways chairman and chief executive, said, “We are deeply sorry for the disruption that this criminal activity has caused. We take the protection of our customers' data very seriously." Hackers Choosing Stealth Tactics to Steal Money Says Micro Trend Report.
We are investigating the theft of customer data from our website and our mobile app, as a matter of urgency. For more information, please click the following link:https://t.co/2dMgjw1p4r
— British Airways (@British_Airways) September 6, 2018
Further, British Airways advised their affected passengers to contact their respected banks and credit/debit card providers for assistance and to check whether any transaction has been made. The airways also informed that any transactions or bookings made through BritishAirways.com or their phone application during the period of August 21 to September 5 should take heed. Air Canada’s App Gets Hacked, Passport Details of Over 20K Passengers Potentially Compromised.
Since the hack happened through their website and app, the airline service has announced that they have resolved the issue and the site is safe to log in again. Also, they added that apart from personal and financial details stolen, the travel details or the passport have not been affected.