Cathay Pacific Data Breach Highlights A Need To Change Airline Security Focus


Cathay Pacific has been hit by a data breach affecting 9.4 million passengers of Cathay and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines, a serious exposure that shows—not for the first time—that the focus of airline security can’t be limited to airport terminals and aircraft cabins.

First discovered in March, and confirmed in May of this year, the Cathay Pacific hack exposed 860,000 passport numbers, 245,000 Hong Kong identity card numbers, 403 expired credit card numbers, and 27 credit card numbers with no CVV card verification code, according to Reuters.

Data captured includes passenger name; nationality; date of birth; phone number; email; address; passport number; identity card number; frequent flyer programme membership number; customer service remarks; and historical travel information, the airline has stated.

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Source: Forbes