Cathay Pacific Airlines Flags Massive Data Breach, Details of 9.4 million Passengers Accessed
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Hong Kong, October 24: The Cathay Pacific Airlines has flagged a massive privacy breach as data of nearly 9.4 million people, who have flown using the carrier in the past decade, has been unethically accessed by hackers.

Besides Cathay Pacific, data of passengers maintained by its subsidiary unit - Hong Kong Airlines Limited - has also been accessed without authorisation. British Airways Website & App Hacked; Nearly 3.8 Lakh Passengers' Details Compromised: Know If Your Name Is on the List.

The total quantum of breach involves 860,000 passport numbers, about 245,000 Hong Kong identity card numbers, 403 expired credit card numbers and 27 credit card numbers with no card verification value (CVV), said a statement issued by the private flyer on Wednesday.

Measures have been enacted by Cathay to strengthen its IT network, the statement said, further claiming that the quantum of breach would had been worse had it not acted on time to contain the event.

"We have commenced a thorough investigation with the assistance of a leading cybersecurity firm," the airlines added.

The incident comes weeks after British Airways detected a data breach, which was carried out by hackers for a "two-week period". Credit card details, passport numbers and travel history of "hundreds of thousands of passengers" were accessed by the miscreants.