News and Updates on Information Technology

United Kingdom – EasyJet

Exploit: Unauthorized database access
EasyJet: Airline

Risk to Small Business: 1.809 = Severe

Hackers accessed EasyJet’s network, compromising customer details and exposing them to potential cybersecurity risks. The company took quick action to secure compromised IT, but the breach will still have costly implications for the company, which now has a triumvirate of responsibilities, including repairing IT vulnerabilities, restoring customer trust, and addressing regulatory scrutiny. The timing couldn’t be worse, as the airline industry, like many sectors, has been severely degraded by the COVID-19 pandemic, making this breach especially problematic for the company.

Individual Risk: 2.191 = Severe

Customers’ personally identifiable information was exposed in the breach. This includes usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and passport credentials. The company encourages customers to carefully monitor incoming communications, as this information is often used to craft convincing-looking spear phishing campaigns. In addition, customers should consider enrolling in a credit or identity monitoring service to help ensure their information’s security even after the immediate crisis subsides.

Customers Impacted: 9,000,000

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: As many companies begin turning their attention to post-COVID-19 recovery strategies, the growing number of cybersecurity risks threaten to undermine these efforts. Companies looking to thrive after the crisis need to address these risks that stand in opposition to data security and many organizations’ viability.