British Airways Fined $229 Million for Data Breach
The Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK will seek to fine British Airways £183 (about $229 million) for infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation. The fine relates to a cyber incident last September when user traffic to the British Airways website was diverted to a fraudulent site. Through this false site, customer details were harvested by the attackers. Personal data of about 500,000 customers was compromised in the incident, which is believed to have begun in June 2018. The ICO said this was the biggest penalty it had ever handed out and the first to be made public under new rules. British Airways cooperated with the investigation and has made improvements to its security arrangements since these events came to light, the ICO said. British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh said the airline would appeal the decision.