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Cathay Pacific Hack: Data misuse hits millions of passengers



Cathay Pacific (CPCAY) said late Wednesday that a wide range of data – including passenger names, dates of birth, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and passport numbers – was uncovered earlier this year in a hack of its information systems. 19659002] "We are very sorry that this data security event is worrying our passengers," said CEO Rupert Hogg in a statement. The Hong Kong-based airline is currently contacting affected individuals, he added.
It's the latest embarrassing data breach that hit a major international airline. British Airways said last month hackers stole the payment card details of 380,000 of their customers.

The hackers who attacked Cathay were given access to 27 credit card numbers but without the security codes of the cards and another 403 expired credit card numbers, according to the airline. He said that "there is no evidence that any personal information was abused," adding that "no passwords were compromised."

  Cathay Pacific shares fell more than 5% after they announced the data breach

Cathay said she discovered "suspicious activity" on his network in March and "took immediate action to curb the incident" and investigated it with the help of a cybersecurity firm. It confirmed in May that personal data had been compromised and has since analyzed the data to determine which passengers were affected.

Cathay shares fell more than 5% on Thursday after disclosure of Hong Kong breach in the morning trade.

The company has informed the police in Hong Kong. It also has its own website, infosecurity.cathaypacific.com, and set up a call center for clients who believe that they might be affected.

The airline said the combination of data collected by hackers varies from passenger to passenger. It contained approximately 860,000 passport numbers and 245,000 Hong Kong passport numbers.

Cathay was named sixth best airline in the world this year by Skytrax, a London-based company providing carrier and airport advisory services.

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