It is estimated that the personal and financial information of more than 380,000 British Airway customers was stolen via a hack.
The data breach that took place causing the British Airways Data Breach Class Action reportedly occurred at 10:58 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2018 and then again at 9:45 p.m. on Sept. 5, 2018.
The crafty hackers stole the personal and financial details of people who booked flights on the ba.com website and the British Airways app.
Information that the hackers obtained was most likely customers’ name, address, and credit or debit card information.
British Airways Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit Notes
- British Airways stressed that no passport or travel details were stolen as a result of the hack.
- The nature of the stolen data suggests that it happened during the payment clearing stage of each transaction.
- Experts close to the case predict that British Airways will be slapped with a hefty fine from the Information Commissioner.
“Unfortunately, this is the latest in a number of catastrophic failures in BA’s IT systems,” said attorney Tom Goodhead, a partner at SPG Law, in a statement. “Unlike previous failures, however, this data breach has caused serious inconvenience and distress to nearly 400,000 people. BA is liable to compensate for non-material damage under the Data Protection Act 2018, and SPG Law will hold them to account.”
British Airways stated “British Airways continues to investigate with the police and cyber specialists, and has reported the data theft to the Information Commissioner.”
Class members are seeking £500 million ($650 million) via the class-action lawsuit which is under review in a U.K. court.
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