Air India, an Indian government-owned air travel service was reportedly hit by a cyber attack where hackers might have accessed critical details of over 4.5 million fliers that include data related to their credit card payments.
Cybersecurity Insiders has learned that the personal details of passengers who accessed the company’s online services between Aug’11 to Feb’2021 could have been compromised in the attack and the leaked info includes the contact info of fliers, their credit card details, and data related to the destinations reached by the fliers and their stay in various hotels that were tied up with Air India via various online portals such as MakeMyTrip, Yatra and such….
Air India LTD has acknowledged the issue as true, but denied information access by hackers and tweeted that it can only disclose more details about the digital intrusion after a detailed probe is completed.
Highly placed sources say that the hack took place in February this year after which the airliner took appropriate steps to increase the Cybersecurity measures of its IT infrastructure. The company also initiated an inquiry with a third-party forensic firm and urged its passengers to change the passwords of their online accounts as quickly as possible.
Note- Since the year 2019, the Indian government is looking to sell all its assets related to Air India to private company/s. However, as the assets of the airliner are over-valued as per the current market price, none of the buyers in the international market are showing interest in acquiring the company.