One of UK’s leading aviation company, EasyJet has experienced an unbelievable cyber-attack tagged “highly sophisticated”. According to the company, personal details of 9 million customers were accessed.
Out of the 9 million people affected, the credit card details of 2,208 customers were stolen. The customers who had their credit card details accessed by the cyber-attackers have been contacted by the company.
The company has gone ahead to say that they will contact other customers who had their personal details checked by 26 May. EasyJet has reported this incident to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the National Cyber Security Centre. Considering the damaging effect of the coronavirus pandemic, the company is at risk of paying a very heavy fine.
This “highly sophisticated” cyber-attack as it is described by EasyJet airlines is considered as one of largest and sever cyber-attack to hit any company in the UK.
In July 2019, British Airways and its hotels group, Marriot were fined heavily for a similar occurrence. As of now, no private details of customers have been reported to be misused but the ICO has asked EasyJet to contact every customer affected by this Cyber crime.