Virgin America And WestJet Notifies Customer Of Cyberattack

Virgin America and WesJet airlines have notified thier customers of cyberattack that exposed customer data. Virgin America said it detected unauthorized access to information systems containing employee and contractor data on March 13. According to the company, a third-party accessed logins and passwords used for its corporate network.

Cybersecurity forensics experts have been called in to investigate the incident and law enforcement has been notified.

The company said roughly 3,100 employees and contractors had their login credentials compromised, and an additional 110 individuals may have had social security numbers, driver’s license or government issued IDs, addresses, and health-related information stolen.

Also Canada-based WestJet Airlines told customers on Friday said that an unauthorized third party disclosed some WestJet Rewards member profile data. While the leaked data did not contain any payment card or other financial information, the company has notified the Calgary Police Service and the RCMP’s cybercrime unit.

The airline is in the process of notifying affected customers, and it has advised WestJet Rewards members to change their passwords on a regular basis.

 

Post Author: Churchill Aribodor

Churchill Aribodor is a cyberseurity and management systems expert. He is passionate about cybersecurity and devotes a lot of time raising awareness on secure cyberspace for the good of all. He has consulted, audited and trained professionals in this area. He is a rounded ICT thought leader covering people, process and technology. He can be reached through arihills@hotmail.com

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