Millions of passengers affected in Cathay Pacific data leak

Hong Kong: Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong flag carrier revealed that it suffered a data leak affecting almost 9.4 million passengers.

According to Al Jazeera, the airline on Wednesday confirmed that the leaked data included passport numbers, identity card numbers, email addresses and credit card details of the passengers.

In a statement released on the airline website, Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg stated, “We are in the process of contacting affected passengers, using multiple communications channels, and providing them with information on steps they can take to protect themselves.”

He also asserted that the airline did not have any evidence on the misuse of the leaked data.

“The following personal data was accessed: 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,” Hogg added.

He further asserted that the combination of data accessed varies passenger to passenger.