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Shailendra Shukla | May 22, 2021

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Air India customers' data leaked in major cyber attack; credit card details compromised

In a major cyber attack that has hit global airlines, including Air India, data of 45 lakh users have been compromised. The data includes credit card details. The list of affected airlines includes Malaysia Airlines, Finnair, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific. In a communique to its affected passengers, Air India informed that its SITA PSS server, which is responsible for storing and processing personal information of fliers, was subject to a cybersecurity attack. The resultant data breach involved personal data registered between August 26, 2011, and February 20, 2021. In this attack, details like name, date of birth, contact information, passport details, ticket information, Star Alliance and Air India frequent flyer data as well as credit card data were leaked. The CVV or CVC number of credit cards were not stored in the affected server, Air India clarified.

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