Published on July 8th, 2019 | by William Charles24
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.