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April 1, 2015 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Tens of thousands of frequent flyer accounts have been hacked, British Airways has admitted.

The airline said yesterday it has frozen the affected accounts while it sorted the problem out.

The airline said no personal information had been viewed or stolen, the Guardian reported, but top executive club flyers may not be able to use their points until the issue is fixed.

Only a small proportion of its millions of customers were affected, the airline said. It denied that any names, addresses, bank details or other personal information had been accessed.

BA issued an apology to customers and said it expected to have the system up and running in the next couple of days.

“British Airways has become aware of some unauthorized activity in relation to a small number of frequent flyer executive club accounts,” a spokesman said.

“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.”

The hack attack is the latest in a series over recent months, directed by cybercriminals against hotel chains, airlines, booking systems and other travel related entities.

Written by : Peter Needham

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