The British low-cost airline EasyJet reported that hackers had accessed the email address and travel details of approximately 9 million customers, and the credit card details of 2,208 of them, the company said, quoted by world agencies report.
Hackers have stolen the data of millions of EasyJet customers, including thousands of credit card numbers, the budget airline said in a statement today, 19.05.2020. A “sophisticated source” had accessed the email address and travel details of approximately 9 million customers, and the credit card details of 2,208, the company said.
“At this point, there is no evidence of any misuse of personal data. We are in contact with approximately 9 million customers whose travel data has been stolen to advise them to take precautions to minimize any risk of potential fraud, ” the company said.
The airline added that by May 26 they will contact all customers affected by the cyberattack.
EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren apologized to customers, and he cited the coronavirus pandemic as a possible incentive for hackers.
“Since we became aware of the incident, it has become clear that owing to Covid-19 there is heightened concern about personal data being used for online scams,” Lundgren said. “As a result, and on the recommendation of the ICO, we are contacting those customers whose travel information was accessed and we are advising them to be extra vigilant, particularly if they receive unsolicited communications.”