British Airways was today told it has to pay a record £183million fine for a data breach that noticed card information on more than 380,000 customers stolen from its application and website. The Information Commissioner’s Office has imposed the huge cash penalty on the airline – equal to 1.5 percent of its turnover in 2017 – after one of the most serious cyber episodes to hit a UK history last year.
During the info breach thousands of customers got their name, billing address, email, cards payment information – including cards number, expiry day and their CVV security code – jeopardized potentially. Thousands more had their personal stats taken without their CVV code captured, it was said.
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British Airways chairman Alex Cruz said today the airline was ‘disappointed’ by the original finding – despite preliminary warnings the fine could be up to £500million. He said: ‘British Airways responded quickly to a criminal act to grab customers’ data. No proof has been found by us of fraud/fraudulent activity on accounts from the theft. IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said it would consider appealing the fine as it seeks ‘to take all appropriate steps to defend the airline’s position vigorously’. Share The info breach affected 380,000 customers who booked flights online or … Read more