Massive data breach at Cathay Pacific. Frightening!

Yesterday the airline Cathay Pacific announced it had discovered a massive data breach (they like to call it a “data security event”, sure, the euphemism will likely ease passengers’ concerns), whereby the personal details of up to 9.4 million passengers had been accessed.

The details include passenger name, nationality, date of birth, passport number, email address, phone number, travel history, and, wait for it: RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS.

This is beyond scary.

Remember we had this video project about a major data breach, with lots of dramatic consequences for those affected? The Cathay breach is unlike no other, as far as I know.

I am quite sure Cathay lawyered up to the max when they drafted their privacy and security policies, hence will not be sued for so badly handling this data.

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You can post this on Github under the resources section of the videos as evidence for the needed campaign? Just a thought. Thx for posting.

Unfortunately, in the U.S. it is too easy to find someone’s residential address. You just need to pay a few dollars to a search site and can find out not only where someone lives but where he lived in previous years–as well as the names of his relatives and other info.