EasyJet has revealed that they have been hacked and that the personal details of nine million customers have been accessed by “highly sophisticated” hackers.
The discount airline has said they will notify those affected in the next few days but stress there is no evidence that the data has been ‘misused’ by hackers.
According to Sky News, it is believed that credit card details of ‘just over 2,200 people’ were exposed in the breach, including email addresses and travel details of nine million people.
In a statement, an EasyJet spokesperson said: “There is no evidence that any personal information of any nature has been misused, however .. we are communicating with the approximately 9 million customers whose travel details were accessed to advise them of protective steps to minimise any risk of potential phishing.”
EasyJet has confirmed that they have closed the online channels affected by the attack and say that the passport and credit card details of the balances have not been accessed.
The statement adds: “We’re sorry that this has happened, and we would like to reassure customers that we take the safety and security of their information very seriously.
“EasyJet is in the process of contacting the relevant customers directly and affected customers will be notified no later than 26th of May.”
The company is said to be working with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and National Cyber Security Centre to get to the bottom of the attack.