The transport industry is a high profile target for cybercriminals after both British Airways and Air Canada were struck by data breaches that potentially affected hundreds of thousands of their customers.
The UK carrier’s incident included the theft of “personal and financial details” from bookings through ba.com or its app, compromising around 380,000 people between August 21st and September 5th.
In Air Canada’s attack, which the company shut down after noticing “unusual login behaviour” over a two-day period in August, was focused on its app that is used by around 1.7 million people. Air Canada said in region of 20,000 profiles were “improperly accessed” and it began to contact affected parties directly.
Air Canada required all of its customers to reset passwords with a more “robust” alternative as a preventative measure and attempted to allay fears of a further breach by locking all Air Canada mobile app accounts after the end-of-August attack.
“We detected unusual login behaviour with Air Canada’s mobile App between Aug. 22-24, 2018. We immediately took action to block these attempts and implemented additional protocols to protect against further unauthorized attempts,” read a statement on the Canadian company’s website.
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