easyJet airlines have suffered yet another blow with an extensive cyber-attack which has led to nine million customer details being stolen by hackers, after having to deal with the near paralysis of its entire fleet due to the coronavirus crisis and its effect on the aviation industry.
THE British budget airline admitted that on Tuesday hackers were able to access their database and steal the email, travel details and credit card details of around nine million customers, in what has been branded as a “highly sophisticated” attack.
The budget airline has already been dealing with the fact that most of its flights have been temporarily grounded and is also locked in a lengthy battle with its founder, and largest shareholder, so this theft of private and sensitive information has added another layer of problems.
The company is already facing serious backlash from customers who had booked flights with the airline to holiday favourite destinations such as Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol which have now been cancelled due to the virus and the restrictions it has posed on the tourism industry.
Many customers have been worried about when and how they will receive their refunds but now they must also worry about their information being jeopardised in the latest breach of information.
In a statement released to the stock exchange, easyJet has argued that it “takes issues of security extremely seriously and will continue to invest to further enhance [their] security environment.”
However, this is not the only airline company to be hit with a similar attack, as in 2018 British Airlines was also confronted with the theft of hundreds of thousands of customer credit card details.