British Airways Hacked, Frequent-Flyer Accounts Targeted

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Another day, another high-profile hack has been confirmed. This time it’s British Airways reporting that Frequent-Flyer accounts were targeted in a breach that could affect thousands of accounts.

The good news is that British Airways confirmed that no personal information had been viewed or stolen, and that affected accounts have been locked as a precaution until they’ve finished their investigation. They’ve also released the following:

British Airways has become aware of some unauthorised activity in relation to a small number of frequent-flyer executive club accounts. This appears to have been the result of a third party using information obtained elsewhere on the internet, via an automated process, to try to gain access to some accounts.

We would like to reassure customers that at this stage we are not aware of any access to any subsequent information pages within accounts, including travel histories or payment-card details.

We are sorry for the concern and inconvenience this matter has caused and would like to reassure customers that we are taking this incident seriously and have taken a number of steps to lock down accounts so they can no longer be accessed.

If the worst that comes of this is a few frequent-flyers being unable to access their accumulated miles for a day or two I think we can all agree that is better than the alternative. While not explicitly said, it’s also probably pretty well assumed at this point that if you’re a frequent British Airways flyer, and you’ve got any sort of password with the company it should probably be changed.

Are you a British Airways Frequent-Flyer? Were you affected by this breach? Are you just plain sick of all of these attacks? Let us know what you think in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

  Source: The Guardian
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