Data Breach Went Undetected for Almost 10 Years
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Personal information belonging to Malaysia Airline’s Frequent Flyer Programme members was compromised in a data breach. An undisclosed number of the airline’s frequent flyer rewards program were impacted when a third-party service was breached.
The incident occurred over the period of March 2010 to June 2019 – almost ten years.
The airline said that “Malaysia Airlines was notified of a data security incident at one of its third-party IT service providers which involved some personal data of members of Enrich, Malaysia Airlines’ Frequent Flyer Programme between the period of March 2010 and June 2019. The incident did not affect Malaysia Airlines’ own IT infrastructure and systems in any way,” according to a report on Bleeping Computer.
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Exposed Data Includes
- Enrich member names
- contact information
- frequent flyer number
- program status
- rewards tier level.
No payment information was stolen in the Malaysia Airlines data breach. However, that doesn’t mean rewards program members’ information and money is safe from future cyberattacks.
The airline is notifying those impacted by the data breach.
Change Passwords Straight Away
Malaysia Airlines Enrich Frequent Flyer Programme members should change their passwords immediately.
It’s common for people to use the same email and password combination across multiple online accounts. This puts your bank accounts and money at risk of theft.
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When you use the same password that you do for your rewards programs you protect yourself and change all your passwords to safeguard other online accounts.
Use a unique and hard-to-guess password for all your accounts and apps. if you need help creating and remembering strong passwords then we recommend using a password app to help generate and remember secure passwords.
Cyber criminals use stolen information like emails and phone numbers to break into bank accounts and credit cards so they can steal money.
Scammers also use stolen personal information to launch future phishing campaigns. Malaysia Airline customers should be suspicious about emails, texts messages, and phone calls claiming ot be from the airline.