Hackers were able to harvest an unspecified number of traveler’s personal data after hacking a company providing services to Air India, an Indian national carrier.
The hackers were able to steal 10 years’ worth of personal data that includes names, passports, frequent flyer clubs, and credit card details from the Atlanta-based SITA Passenger Service System.
Air India disclosed the scale of the breach nearly three months after it was first informed by the IT company in a statement last Friday.
The breach also compromised the data of some major global airlines including Singapore Airlines, New Zealand Air, and Lufthansa.
Air India said almost 4.5 million passengers worldwide were compromised in the “highly sophisticated” attack. It did not specify however how many of them were its travelers.
The airline company said that the no CVV/CVC numbers of cards and password data was breached during the attack but recommended in an email to its customers to change their account passwords as a precaution.
Air India started as a mail carrier in 1932 before gaining commercial popularity.
The hack has come in an opportune moment for the company who is currently debt-laden and trying to find new buyers.
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