Friday, June 14, 2024

Air Europa Breached: Customers’ Credit Card Details Exposed

On Tuesday, Air Europa, a Spanish airline, experienced a security breach where cybercriminals gained unauthorized access to the credit card information of the airline’s customers.

Following the attack, the airline took the necessary steps to email the impacted customers and inform the relevant financial institution of the incident.

The company has chosen not to reveal the precise count of clients who were affected by the breach, nor have they provided any details about the monetary impact resulting from the security incident.

But they said no other information has to be exposed. “There is no evidence that the breach was ultimately used to commit fraud,” the airline said.

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If you have used your card to make payments on the Air Europa website, you should cancel the card and get a replacement as soon as possible.

This will help to protect your personal and financial information from any potential fraudulent activities. The organization strongly recommends taking this precautionary measure to safeguard the affected customers.

The individuals who were sent the email have been instructed to monitor the activities of Air Europa closely and have urged the relevant data protection authorities to launch an investigation into the matter.

The cyberattack happened because fraudulent use of the compromised cards might have occurred before the business sent a warning by a Spanish consumer association, OCU.

It is worth noting that the recent cyber attack is not the first security breach that the company has faced. In fact, in 2021, Europa experienced a similar incident where they mishandled confidential information of 489,000 customers.

The most concerning aspect of this breach is that the company took 41 days to report the incident, which clearly violates the mandatory reporting timeline of 72 hours.

While Iberia and Vueling are the two largest Spanish airlines, Air Europa Lneas Aéreas, S.A.U., doing business as Air Europa, is the third largest.

The number of security breaches is growing rapidly every day. Unfortunately, there is currently no practical solution to fix these breaches and prevent them from happening again.

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