Hacking Attack on EasyJet — Nine Million Customers Affected
As it is not enough that EasyJet, like other airlines, was hit by the Corona crisis, now the low-cost airline also has to admit a hacker attack. Data from millions of users are affected, who was behind it was not known.
With the low-cost airline EasyJet, unknown attackers have gained access to e-mail addresses and travel details from around nine million customers.
The company was targeted by a sophisticated hacker attack, the British airline said on Tuesday. There is no evidence that the information has been misused. Nevertheless, all affected customers should be informed by May 26th. “If you are not contacted, your data will not be accessed,” said the airline.
According to the BBC broadcaster, Easyjet noticed the first signs of an attack in January. Initially, there was no information about who might be behind the attack.
In the past few years, there had been hacker attacks with hundreds of millions of people affected. The record is held by the Internet company Yahoo, where unknown attackers gained access to data from all three billion user accounts in 2013. It was about names, email addresses, telephone numbers and defaced passwords.
In 2018, attackers at the world’s largest hotel group, Marriott, captured data from up to 383 million guest entries due to a security vulnerability at the Starwood subsidiary brand. These included more than five million unencrypted passport numbers. US authorities suspect Chinese hackers behind the attack and point out that such data could be of interest to intelligence agencies, among others. On eBay, hackers came across an attack on data from around 145 million customers, including e-mail and home addresses and login information, which became known in May 2014.
Airlines are also repeatedly targeted by data thieves. British Airways 2018 captured information from 380,000 passengers, such as names, addresses and credit card details.
Author: Marko Vidrih
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