Cathay Pacific has revealed that it has discovered a cybersecurity lapse in its system during IT security processes. A security check shed light on unauthorised access to some of Cathay Pacific’s information system that could impact up to 9.4 million people.
The airline has said that upon discovery necessary steps had been taken to investigate into the matter and to plug the leak. Although, the company also added that it has no evidence on whether any of the personal information was misused.
The information system that suffered this data breach is separate from Cathay Pacific’s flight operations systems, so, it is safe to say that the flight safety was never in question due to this compromise.
In a statement, Cathay Pacific’s Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg apologized on behalf of the airline. He said: “We are very sorry for any concern this data security event may cause our passengers. We acted immediately to contain the event, commence a thorough investigation with the assistance of a leading cybersecurity firm, and to further strengthen our IT security measures”.
Cathay Pacific has informed the Hong Kong Police about the cybersecurity lapse and continues its investigation to further understand the extent of the breach.