British Airways Data Breach Results in £183m Fine

The biggest data protection fine to date goes to British Airways for last year’s data breach. The record sum of £183m is the biggest one handed out by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

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Last year hackers had carried out a “sophisticated, malicious criminal attack” stealing data like credit card numbers, expiry dates and CVV codes of 429,000 customers.

British Airways chairman Alex Cruz said the airline was “disappointed” by the initial finding.

He said: “British Airways responded quickly to a criminal act to steal customers’ data. We have found no evidence of fraud/fraudulent activity on accounts linked to the theft. We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this event caused.”

Willie Walsh, International Airlines Group chief executive said: “British Airways will be making representations to the ICO in relation to the proposed fine. We intend to take all appropriate steps to defend the airline’s position vigorously, including making any necessary appeals.”