Cathay Data Breach Reach Millions of Passengers

Cathay Data Breach Reach Millions of Passengers. Cathay Pacific suffered a data breach that compromised the personal information of 9.4 million passengers. The violation included 12 compromised data fields, including names, identification and passport numbers, frequent flyer information, contact information and travel history.

"After the discovery, the company immediately took steps to investigate the event and contain it," says the carrier.

Cathay Data Breach Reach Millions of Passengers

Cathay Data Breach Reach Millions of Passengers

"The company has no evidence that personal information has been misused and the computer systems involved are completely separate from their air operating systems and have no impact on flight safety."

They also had access to 403 expired credit card numbers and 27 credit card numbers with no verification value code associated with the card. "We regret the concern that this data security event could cause our passengers," said Executive Director Rupert Hogg.

"We are taking immediate steps to contain the event, open an in-depth investigation with the help of a large cyber security group, and further strengthen our IT security measures."

Cathay contacted the police and other authorities. The Cathay data breach follows other high-profile violations in the industry. In September, British Airways revealed that data covering 380,000 passenger transactions on ba.com and its request between August 21 and September 5 had been stolen.

On August 30, Air Canada blocked access to its mobile application, shutting down 1.7 million users, after a security breach that could have compromised the personal information of some customers.