Cruise giant hacked: Passenger data breached

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In mid-August cruising giant Carnival Corporation was hit by a cyber attack, which may have leaked the personal information of workers and passengers alike.

Carnival Corporation, which operates Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard, Holland America Line, P&O and Princess Cruises, was hit by a ransomware attack. Globally, Carnival Corporation employs 120,000 people and serves 11.5 million passengers each year.

One of the brand’s IT systems was breached, meaning the personal data of passengers and employees from that cruise line may have been stolen. However, it is not yet clear which cruise line was the victim.

The attack on Carnival Corporation follows attacks on two other leading travel companies earlier in the year. Millions of guests where caught up in a data breach of Marriott’s hotel app in April. And in August, cyber attackers knocked 30,000 computers offline and stole sensitive files from CWT, forcing them to pay a $6.3 million ransom.

Carnival said in a statement, “Although we believe that no other information technology systems of the other company’s brands have been impacted by this incident, based upon our investigation to date, there can be no assurance that other information technology systems of the other company’s brands will not be adversely affected,”

While Carnival does not expect the breach to impact its operations or financial results, it does anticipate claims of remuneration. “Nonetheless, we expect that the security event included unauthorised access to personal data of guests and employees, which may result in potential claims from guests, employees, shareholders, or regulatory agencies.”

Have you travelled with a Carnival Corporation cruise line? Do you fear for your private and personal information when you travel? 

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