British Airways frequent flyers have been announced that their data has been breached, due to hacking. There is no need to worry, even though such hacking makes the web a dangerous place and raises concerns over privacy and security.
It is known that hackers do not stop at anything and so their victims this time were the frequent flyers of the popular British Airways. In the official web page of British Airways you will be able to find some more details about this phenomenon and about their future actions. In fact they have manage to have a full access to thousands of accounts but the company insists on saying that no personal data were of their customers were stolen and that is the reason why they have frozen their accounts until they solve this problem. Unfortunately, until this problem comes to an end these really important customers of the specific airlines will not have the ability to use their points in any way.
During the public statement of the representatives of British Airways, many of important issues have been said such as the fact that only a small percentage of the accounts of their customers have been affected and when they say accounts they except names, addresses, bank details and any other information that considered to be personal. During their statements, they also expressed their apologies to all of their customers and they also said that their system will be ready and it will unfreeze their accounts within the next few days.
Rumors say that the hacker is already known but it has managed to be carried out by an automated computer program that was able to found the vulnerabilities of the security system that the company uses. The person who spoke on behalf of the company said: “British Airways has become aware of some unauthorised activity in relation to a small number of frequent-flyer executive club accounts.
This appears to have been the result of a third party using information obtained elsewhere on the internet, via an automated process, to try to gain access to some accounts…We would like to reassure customers that at this stage we are not aware of any access to any subsequent information pages within accounts, including travel histories or payment-card details. We are sorry for the concern and inconvenience this matter has caused and would like to reassure customers that we are taking this incident seriously and have taken a number of steps to lock down accounts so they can no longer be accessed.”
If you are a frequent customer of British Airways and you have already got in a panic situation, it is good to know that there is no need of panicking. On the contrary, all you need to do is to remain updated at all times on the latest news of British Airways and just wait for the evolution of this issue.
All of the above would have been avoided, of course, if these customers or the company itself had chosen to strengthen their security layering. Being a VPN provider would suffice, as they would most probably not have been tracked by anyone and their anonymity would have been maintained. It is certainly one of the reasons why these kinds of services have rapidly increased in popularity over time.