It said email addresses and travel details had been stolen and that 2,208 customers had also had their credit card details "accessed".The firm has informed the UK's Information Commissioner's Office while it investigates the breach.
Using a brute-force attack, the researcher busted into an unencrypted database backup file containing the private information of more than 1.2 million passengers who flew with SpiceJet last month.
But on Saturday, the airline said it would “vigorously defend the lawsuit,” claiming that it had investigated the allegations at the time of the alleged incident, in February 2017, and had found no hidden camera.“We can confirm from our investigation that there was never a camera in the lavatory,” Southwest Airlines said in a statement.
According to a new report from Forbes, the Hong Kong flag carrier has amended its official personal data collection policy to allow the airline to compile a database with detailed information on passengers’ use of in-flight entertainment systems (IFE) – including, but not limited to, images recorded by seatback cameras, customers’ activities at airport terminals and even data obtained about membership activity in competing hotel and airline loyalty programs.
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It says the scans help board international flights nine minutes faster, saving two seconds per passenger. But what happens to the people with faces computers can’t read when facial recognition is used all over the airport?
After all, it’s not Customs and Border Protection collecting your facial recognition data directly — it’s the airlines — and they pass it on to the government. If you’re a U.S. citizen, you can opt out by telling an officer or airline employee at the time of a facial recognition scan.
And if people are upset now, they will be furious to know this is just the beginning of the “biometric pathway” program: CBP and TSA want to use face recognition and other biometric data to track everyone from check-in, through security, into airport lounges, and onto flights (PDF).
I therefore well up with sympathy toward writer MacKenzie Fegan, who endured a troubling encounter last week with JetBlue's facial recognition technology , first introduced last year. JetBlue isn't the only airline that's already using facial recognition.
"Presumably these facial recognition scanners are matching my image to something in order to verify my identity," she wrote. The Department of Homeland Security in a report last week said that it wants to roll out facial recognition technology to be used on 97 percent of departing airport passengers by 2023.
'Standard feature' Concerns about seatback cameras have prompted a response from two US senators.Courtesy American Airlines American Airlines told CNN Travel in early March that cameras are "a standard feature," but not activated and that the carrier has no plans to use them.
The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) asserts these fears are misplaced, however, with their CEO Joe Leader claiming that “the greatest risk to airline passenger privacy breaches come from their own smartphones, tablets, cameras, computers, and smart devices used in private settings.” Kamluk disagrees, arguing that “the true risk comes from potential unauthorized access to these devices from powerful malicious attackers.” Until a scandal breaks out we’re likely not going to know who’s right here.
This week, one passenger aboard a Singapore Airlines flight noticed a camera built into his IFE screen. "Some of our newer IFE systems provided by the original equipment manufacturers do have a camera provisioned and embedded in the hardware," an airline spokesman told Business Insider.
Sri Ray was aboard an American Airlines Boeing 777-200 flight to Tokyo in September 2018 when he noticed something strange: a camera embedded in the seat back of his entertainment system.
[Update: Following its initial statement, Singapore Airlines later updated the number of affected accounts from 284 to 285.] Singapore Airlines (SIA) says a software glitch was the cause of a data breach that affected 285 members of its frequent flyer programme, compromising various personal information including passport and flight details.
Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong-based international airline, acknowledged on Wednesday that its computer system had been compromised at least seven months ago, exposing the personal data and travel histories of as many as 9.4 million people.
The airline admitted tonight it is investigating "as a matter of urgency" the theft of customer data from its website and mobile app. We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story.