Posted by William Charles on July 8, 2019
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Published on July 8th, 2019 | by William Charles

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British Airways Databreach – Card Payment Data For 380,000 Cards Stolen (Fined £183.4 million ($229.5USD million))

Update 7/8/19: UK Information Commissioner’s Office has issued a notice of intention to fine British Airways £183.4 million ($229.5USD million) due to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) infringements. British Airways partner company IAG has said that they plan to appeal this fine.

 

Original posts: British Airways is the latest company to suffer a data breach. Attackers were able to access sensitive information between August 21st & September 5th, 2018. Details of 380,000 credit cards were stolen, but travel and passport details were not affected. If you made a booking between August 21st and September 5th British time, then British Airways is advising you to contact your card issuer proactively to get a new card issued. Often larger issuers will automatically looking for transactions in this period and reissue cards accordingly, but it’s always good to be proactive.

It seems every other day a new data breach occurs. In my opinion cyber security isn’t taken seriously enough by large scale corporations as the penalties when a data breach occurs isn’t large enough.



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Carolyn B
Carolyn B

Is the data breach just for people who made a booking?

NinjaX
NinjaX

sigh. SMH…

also, cyber security isn’t taken seriously enough by any user, not just large scale corporations. people just dont give a shit.

tennismenace3
tennismenace3

Rightfully so honestly. As long as you use a credit card with any sort of chargeback feature, you don’t lose anything in situations like this.

Dylan
Dylan

Another day, another data breach.

Its sad to say, but i believe every american citizen will have had their data hacked ay some point, its just inevitable.

One day every single persons personal information will be available for sale on the dark web and your only protection will be the dact you are mixed in with a ton of other data.

Penalties need to increase for these data breaches if anything is to change. Maybe fine the company a calculated value of loss of productivity and fraud and charge them that?

Orin
Orin

That is when cryptocurrency and payments of processors of similar nature will really take off

Frogger
Frogger

Once the next recession happens crypto currencies will crash to zero.

Celeste
Celeste

when?

jobin
jobin

After lunch break tomorrow

Mike K
Mike K

“British Airways is in contact with affected customers”… Umm.. Not me. I booked a ticket on 9/1/2018. No communications.

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

Darn, I booked an American awards flight through BA last week and paid the security fee with my credit card.

iahphx
iahphx

Ditto. I have the misfortune of booking a few Avios award tickets online during the affected period. One weird thing that happened to me was on Sept. 4, I was trying to buy an award ticket and my credit card kept getting rejected for the taxes. Three times. I thought maybe I had somehow triggered a fraud alert — but there was nothing wrong with my card. I then waited 10 minutes and the transaction then went through. It went first to a credit card verification page. I wonder if they knew “something was up” by that time.

Mimi
Mimi

Oh me, Oh my! What’s another data breach, right?

If it’s very expensive to secure data, companies won’t mind the wrist slap penalties. Now if the top honchos will be meted heavy penalties and jail time, maybe they’ll start scrambling for long term solutions? Maybe.

JeffLA
JeffLA

CLOSE YOUR CARDS PEOPLE. I had booked award tickets with my Citi Prestige card during the people and procrastinated calling Citi. Yesterday I was hit with pending charges from the Apple store. So clearly people are working though the payment information.

Sa
Sa

People, people, people. Jeff, people, was there a datapoint here? If you have anything useful, could you please rewrite with words that give your message some meaning? Why should I close my card?

Liam
Liam

Lol meant to replace the card number and close the card number not account.

Nick
Nick

I wish the fines paid were split among the impacted cardholders – why should the govt get it? They didn’t lose anything.

I could use $600

Mike
Mike

Credit card holders, at least in the US, are not liable for fraudulent charges, so they wouldn’t lose anything anyway. Crediting the fines to the government is equivalent to giving them to taxpayers, since that’s where the government gets its money.

ryan t
ryan t

Now let’s hope GiftCardMall gets fairly punished as well.

Francisco
Francisco

I’m 99.9% sure my info was comprimieses as they charged my CSR for $6,000 around the time they reported a breach and I had purchased my BA tickets in that timeframe.

J. Grant
J. Grant

I agree that the penalties arent big enough, especially as I sell security products and seeing how companies skirt around to save $. Pretty bad. Hope their entire IT staff gets the boot. Yes, I said it out loud.

slowbrake
slowbrake

If it was Equifax – 85.8 billion dollars…..

I will vote for anyone who hints at that level at fines. Or for anyone who can make all this stolen data worthless to criminals.

john
john

The big problem is these big companies need to stop saving credit card data. Stop that. Just run the card then delete it. Companies are abusing the credit card system by doing it.

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