Air Europa Cybersecurity Breach Exposes Credit Card Details
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Spanish airline, Air Europa, disclosed a cyber breach targeting its online payment system, leading to the exposure of some customers' credit card information on Tuesday. The airline promptly informed affected customers via email and reached out to corresponding banks. However, they refrained from revealing the extent of the damage or the number of customers impacted. Thankfully, no additional information was compromised.
Although Air Europa stated there's no indication of fraudulent activities following the breach, an email sighted by Reuters urged customers to cancel and replace their cards to mitigate potential risks. The Spanish consumer group, OCU, endorsed this precautionary measure and has appealed to the national data protection authority to identify the breach's exact timing. They expressed concerns that unauthorized card activities might have occurred before Air Europa's official alert.
Historically, in 2021, Air Europa faced penalties for the delayed reporting of a 2018 breach that impacted 489,000 clients. The airline took 41 days to report, violating the mandated 72-hour notification window.
Currently, the Madrid-based airline is undergoing acquisition proceedings by the parent company of British Airways, International Consolidated Airlines Group (ICAG.L).
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