Hackers attacked UK lowcost airline EasyJet plc and stole the details of 9 million customers. Detailed information came from the airline, which revealed the hacking after discussions with the British Information Commissioner’s Office.
EasyJet described the hacking as an attack from a very complex source in a cybersecurity incident notice released today, saying; “it had accessed the email addresses and travel details of approximately 9 million customers. Also, the hackers stole credit card details of 2,208 customers”.
The CEO of EasyJet, said in a statement: “Since we learned of this incident, it’s clear that because of COVID-19; people are more and more concerned about the use of personal data for online fraud. “Therefore, following OIC recommendations, we contacted customers whose travel information had been stolen. We advise them to be very vigilant, especially if they receive unsolicited communications. ”
Although there is no release date yet, the BBC reports that easyJet first learned of the attack in January. But informed customers that they had stolen the credit card data in early April.
There is no form of a public cyber-attack.
Tim Sadler, CEO, and co-founder of cybersecurity company Tessian Ltd said: “After a cyber attack, EasyJet customers are now at an increased risk of phishing scams and people should be alert to an email from the airline. SiliconANGLE said. “Always check if the sender’s name and email address match. If you need to take emergency action, please contact EasyJet directly using the details on their website; to verify the legitimacy of the request.”
Middleton-Leal said: “As the tourism industry withstands the COVID-19 storm, airlines must maintain confidence in loyal customers and potential new travelers, especially if communication with customers remains entirely virtual. ”
Currently, airlines are far below flight capacities, and most planes have landed. However, the safety of the travel industry remains paramount, especially as the pandemic increases. Phishing attacks have increased, and people are more likely to be victims during this time.