Cathay Pacific data breach affects 9.4 million passengers

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific is contacting customers to advise them on how to protect themselves after the data breach. (Reuters)
Updated 25 October 2018
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Cathay Pacific data breach affects 9.4 million passengers

  • The breach was discovered during ‘ongoing security processes’
  • Hong Kong’s privacy commissioner, Stephen Kai-yi Wong, expressed ‘serious concern’ over the lapse

HONG KONG: Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways says it has discovered unauthorized access to the personal data of 9.4 million passengers.
The company said Thursday it had no evidence the leaked data had been misused. It said the breach was discovered during “ongoing security processes.”
Data stolen included names, nationalities; birth dates, phone numbers, addresses, passport and identity card numbers and expired credit card numbers, among other information. It said no passwords were compromised. It was contacting customers to advise them on how to protect themselves.
The news caused the airline’s shares to plunge 6.5 percent in early Hong Kong trading. By midday Thursday, Cathay Pacific’s shares were down 5.1 percent.
Hong Kong’s privacy commissioner, Stephen Kai-yi Wong, expressed “serious concern” over the lapse and urged companies to improve protection personal data.


Tesla recalls more than 14,000 cars in China over Takata airbags

Updated 23 min 45 sec ago
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Tesla recalls more than 14,000 cars in China over Takata airbags

  • The US giant has already announced the recall of some Model S vehicles as part of a global industry-wide rooting out of parts made by Takata
  • The affected vehicles in China are Model S cars made between February 2014 and December 2016

SHANGHAI: Electric-vehicle maker Tesla will recall 14,123 cars in China over airbags that contained a part made by now-defunct Japanese manufacturer Takata, the Chinese market regulator announced on Friday.
The US giant has already announced the recall of some Model S vehicles as part of a global industry-wide rooting out of parts made by Takata, which went bust in 2017 after its airbags were blamed for a number of deaths.
The affected vehicles in China are Model S cars made between February 2014 and December 2016, the State Administration of Market Regulation said.
It said the cars’ passenger-side airbags were equipped with an ammonium nitrate propellant made by Takata, which was at risk of breakage that could result in the ejection of debris.
Tesla will replace them, it said.
Tesla declined comment on Friday, but an announcement on its website said the “recall of the front passenger airbags in 2012 Model S vehicles began in January 2017, was extended to 2013 Model S vehicles in January 2018, and is now being extended to 2014-2016 Model S vehicles in January 2019.”
Tesla does not announce how many cars it sells in China overall.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk was on hand earlier this month for the ground-breaking of a factory outside Shanghai, which the company says will eventually have an annual production capacity of 500,000 and is geared toward meeting growing Chinese demand for electric vehicles.