Hackers Hit British Airways

CBJ — Hackers obtained the credit card details of nearly 40,000 British Airways travellers during a two-week data breach this summer. The full extent of the potential consequences of the breach are uncertain, but it would seem that customer information could be vulnerable to various types of financial fraud.

BA has confirmed that enough data was stolen to allow criminals to use credit card information for illegal purposes. No passport data was obtained.

The airline serves four Canadian cities — Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

British Airways assured customers that it would reimburse them for losses directly because of the breach but advised them to contact their credit card suppliers if they made a booking or change to their booking through BA’s website or mobile app.