- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 6, 2018

British Airways, one of U.K.’s largest airlines, disclosed a data breach Thursday affecting customers who booked travel arrangements through its website and mobile application.

“We are investigating, as a matter of urgency, the theft of customer data from our website and our mobile app,” British Airlines said in a statement.

The stolen data, including customer personal and financial information, were pilfered during a span of roughly two weeks that started Aug. 21 and continued until earlier Thursday, the statement said.

Payment data related to upwards of 380,000 transactions were compromised as a result of the breach, British media outlets reported.

“The breach has been resolved and our website is working normally. We have notified the police and relevant authorities,” British Airways said.

“We are deeply sorry for the disruption that this criminal activity has caused,” the company said in a statement Thursday. “We take the protection of our customers’ data very seriously.”

No passport or travel details were compromised in the breach, the statement said.

British Airways currently operates a fleet of more than 280 aircraft responsible for carrying about 145,000 daily customers, according to the company’s website. Headquartered in London, British Airways flies to more than 200 destinations in 75 countries, according to the company.


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