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The British Airways cyber breach was not the first of its kind in the travel sector, nor was it the first breach British Airways have suffered themselves.
The travel sector is a popular target for criminals to hit as there’s a wealth of information that can be stolen; and money to steal as well. This fact alone ought to have been enough of a warning for British Airways to take more care of their customers’ information, yet they were still hacked (again).
The recent one involving some 380,000 card payments being exposed was not the first British Airways cyber breach. Back in 2015, members of their Executive Club of frequent flyers had their accounts hacked.
With the same hackers who hit the payment system of Ticketmaster also responsible for hitting British Airways, there was also a clear and recent warning as well.
The British Airways cyber breach is one of many attacks on the lucrative travel sector. Hotel chains Hilton (more than once), Hyatt, Intercontinental Hotel Group and Starwood have all been hit with successful breaches in recent years.
In October 2016, Uber admitted to a massive data breach affecting the names and contact information of drivers and riders. The number of victims was in the millions.
It’s highly likely that the British Airways cyber breach will not be the last of its kind at all.
As the UK’s biggest airline, we assume the hackers responsible for the attack knew the mass amounts of data they could steal, and how profitable it could be for them.
We expect the travel sector will continue to be hit, and airlines, hotels and travel operators must do more to protect their customers’ information.
Don’t forget we’re representing victims of the British Airways cyber breach on a No Win, No Fee basis.
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