A huge global aviation industry IT supplier has just been hacked. The company, SITA, has now confirmed that they were indeed victims and that the personal information of airline passengers were hacked.
The popular communications and information technology company, responsible for serving well around 90% of the entire world’s airlines, has reportedly fallen victim to a cyberattack that happened on February 24, 201. This led to a certain “data security incident” that involved passenger data reportedly stored on the official SITA Passenger Service Systems Inc. servers that can be located over at Atlanta, Georgia, in the US.
SITA acknowledges “highly sophisticated attack”
An official statement made by SITA describes the whole incident as what was called a “highly sophisticated attack” and also stated that the company had “acted swiftly” in order to contain the whole incident, which is currently still under investigation by SITA’s very own Security Incident Response Team. This was reportedly done alongside external cybersecurity experts.
Star Alliance airlines, which also include Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, and New Zealand Air have all warned their passengers regarding the recent SITA breach. This was done while some One World airlines which including Finnair, Malaysia Airlines, Japan Airlines, as well as Cathay Pacific have all also informed their passengers regarding the recent cyberattack. The South Korean airline known as Jeju Air has recently emailed passengers regarding the incident.
Airlines’ customers data stolen
According to the story by ZDnet while SITA has yet to confirm the exact nature of the given information that has actually been accessed by hackers, a spokesperson gave a statement saying it actually does include a number of personal data coming from the passengers. It was also noted that some airlines have actually detailed what particular information was being accessed by the hackers.
The stolen information reportedly includes their names, membership number, tier status, and others. An email was sent to the New Zealand Air customers and it noted that the breach actually didn’t contain credit card details, passwords, passport information, or even contact addresses.
An exact figure regarding how many passengers were affected by the recent breach still remains unclear as SITA has yet to give a public comment regarding the matter. The Guardian, however, reports that hundreds of thousands of passengers might have had their own information stolen.
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