The British Airways data breach and what to do
Need to know more about the huge British Airways data breach and what to do if you were affected? We can help you.
The British Airways data breach led to the information for 380,000 payment cards being compromised. The exposed data included full card numbers, expiry dates and security codes (CVV) on the reverse of cards, as well as the personal information for the cardholder.
Victims of the breach have been put at an immediate risk of theft and fraud, and it’s possible that the hackers have already sold the payment card information that was stolen. Follow this guidance for what to do if you are affected by the breach. You may be eligible to join our compensation group.
Advice about the British Airways data breach and what to do as a victim of the incident
You should already have been notified by British Airways that you’re affected by the breach, but it’s possible that not everyone has. If you made a booking, or changed a booking, between 10.58pm on 21st August 2018 and 9:45pm on 5th September 2018, you may be affected.
Victims of the data breach may have had the following data stolen:
- Full card numbers (i.e. the long card numbers on the front of a debit or credit card);
- Expiry dates on cards;
- The security number on the reverse-side of the card (often referred to as a CVV code);
- Personal information, such as names, billing addresses and email addresses.
The above can be enough information for a criminal to use the card information stolen to immediately make purchases. Victims have been put at an immediate and serious risk of fraud and theft.
Immediate steps to take for victims of the British Airways data breach and what to do
Check the payment card you used to make the purchase. Contact your bank immediately for assistance as you may need to cancel your card. You will need to follow the advice from your bank as to any other steps you need to take, but consider the following:
- Contacting your bank to find out if you need to cancel the card as referenced above;
- Obtaining a new card;
- Monitoring and changing information on any accounts you used where your compromised card details were also stored (Amazon, PayPal, Apple Pay etc);
- Regularly checking your account for suspicious activity.
You should also consider changing any passwords associated with the transaction you made with British Airways.
Compensation for victims of the British Airways data breach and what to do join the action
Need to know more about making a compensation claim as a victim of the British Airways data breach and what to do join the legal against the airliner? Check out our advice page here, or contact the team for free, no-obligation advice.
Victims affected by the breach may be entitled to compensation for:
- Distress and worry caused as a result of being a victim of the breach, and being put at an immediate risk of fraud and theft;
- The inconvenience associated with changes to, and monitoring of, accounts;
- Money stolen directly from breached accounts or from fraudulent activity that stems from the breach.
For more information about the British Airways data breach and what to do, you’re best speaking to our expert team as soon as you can. We’re already engaged in over 20 different data breach actions, and we’re happy to help the hundreds of thousands of victims of the British Airways data breach.
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