British Airways Frequent Flier Accounts Hacked

By Gary Cutlack on at

Those of you lucky enough to be in possession of a frequent flyer executive club card issued by British Airways might need to come up with a new super-secure 50-word pass-sentence this morning, as the flier has revealed it's today's Hacking Victim of the Day.

BA has frozen accounts affected by the hack, which will be out of action for the next few days. BA explained: "British Airways has become aware of some unauthorised activity in relation to a small number of frequent flyer executive club accounts. This appears to have been the result of a third party using information obtained elsewhere on the internet, via an automated process, to try to gain access to some accounts."

The good news is that BA doesn't think the hack let the attackers access any more detailed information pages that might included travel histories or payment card details, so, hopefully for those hit, nothing too delicate has been stolen.

BA has also apologised, as you have to all the time nowadays when you're a big company prone to getting a slagging on Twitter, saying: "We are sorry for the concern and inconvenience this matter has caused and would like to reassure customers that we are taking this incident seriously and have taken a number of steps to lock down accounts so they can no longer be accessed." [Standard]