British Airways hit by payment data breach

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   HACKED British Airways said customers details have been stolen

Customers who made bookings on the website had their personal and financial information compromised between August 31 and September 5.

It, however, noted that customers' passport and travel details were not among the information compromised by the hackers.

British Airways is facing a possible fine of around £500 million over a data breach that compromised 380,000 card payments after regulators said they were "making inquiries" into the incident.

"No British Airways customer will be left out of pocket as a result of this criminal cyber attack on its website, ba.com, and the airline's mobile app", read the firm's statement.

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The British Airways breach could potentially be the first major test for the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which went into effect on May 25.

The breach has been resolved and our website is working normally.

The stolen data comprised customer names, postal addresses, email addresses, and credit card information.

The matter has been reported to authorities, and British Airways is in the process of notifying customers about the incident.

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"We extremely sorry for what has happened", Cruz told BBC.

Some of the affected customers have claimed they did not receive any official notification regarding the hack from the company.

It said the compromise in security occurred for bookings made between August 21 and September 5. On the other side, cybercriminals are very proactive, and as soon as a new vulnerability is discovered in a popular CMS they start exploiting it in the wild. We will continue to keep our customers updated with the very latest information.

He said: "On the positive side, companies are highly incented to improve the level of security monitoring they perform". Those contacted by BA should change their online passwords immediately and monitor the account or statements of the card used to make their travel purchase. Back in July, BA formally apologized after dozens of flights were canceled, and in June, 2,000 British Airways passengers had their tickets canceled because the ticket prices were too low. "I'd rather fly easyJet - at least they don't pretend to be anything more than a budget airline and the cabin crew smile!" Last year's May bank holiday meltdown was due to a power outage - the intrepid work of some contractor, who switched everything off and then blew out the IT system turning it on again.

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